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22 November 2002 (South Korea) See more »
There is a line that cannot be crossed.
At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dong-gun Jang ... Kang Sang-byeong
Jeong-hak Kim ... Kim Sang-byeong
Ji-a Park ... Mi-yeong

Hae-jin Yoo ... Cheol-gu
Jin Jeong
Gu-taek Kim

Kang-woo Kim
Yun-jae Park
Tae-woo Kim
Yeong-jae Kim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seong Kim
Choe Min ... Provost Marshal (as Choi Min)
Sang-ok Park

Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Seung-jae Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Yeong-gyu Jang 
Byung-hoon Lee 
Cinematography by
Dong-hyeon Baek 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
Art Direction by
Ju-hun Yun 
Visual Effects by
Tae-hoon Kim .... visual effects
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Min-kyung Park .... digital compositor

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Also Known As:
"Hae anseon" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence, a graphic sex scene and language
France:91 min

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Rather tiresome film, with some powerful scenes, 19 September 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Kang (Dong-Gun Jang) is a soldier assigned to patrol the border of the North-South Korea divide. His sole job is to shoot anyone that crosses the border, as they are to be considered North Korean spies. As it holds many rewards, Kang is eager to kill someone. One night on duty in town, he gets into an argument with a gang of youths having drinks, including Mi-Yeong (Ji-A Park). As a means of defying the soldiers who they believe are just living easy off the tax payers' money, Mi-Yeong crosses the border with a young man and the two have sex. Kang spots the man's head and opens fire, killing him, and throws a grenade that blows him apart. Mi-Yeong descends into madness, stalking the army camp and having sex with various soldiers. Kang also goes mad with guilt, and is eventually dismissed from the coast guard, only return with vengeance on his mind.

As good as the premise for this film sounds, I really did find it disappointingly amateurish. The interesting themes lying throughout the film are drowned out by bad plotting, and simply unbelievable incidents. How Kang, a relatively green soldier with no real combat experience, turns into a super-slick Jason Bourne-alike who can deceive a whole patrol overnight is just ridiculous. It's clear that director Ki-Duk Kim is trying to portray the soldiers as useless, but the amount of times they are disarmed by having their weapons simply grabbed out of their hands is unrealistic. And some scenes are just repeated over and over again, notably Kang appearing, ravaged by madness, not realising he has been dismissed, only to be told he is mad by his ex-fellow servicemen and punched and kicked away. It gets tiresome quickly, and appears that the director just ran out of ideas.

It's not to say that some parts of the film aren't effective. The tragic Mi-Yeong, having slept with many of the soldiers believing them to be her dead ex-lover, finds herself pregnant. Her brother, enraged, demands that the soldiers responsible come forward. Mi-Yeong kisses the guilty men one by one on the cheek, gleefully unaware of the gravity of the situation, only for her brother to stare horrified as one after the other step forward. The scene where she crawls into her brother's fish tank, bloody from a forced abortion, is truly brilliant. The water fills up with blood as she sits there, unable to grasp what is happening. It's a powerful scene in a disappointingly poor film.

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