This Korean military-themed will seem exceedingly familiar to western audiences, and most certainly would have in 2003, albeit if less so than it did to domestic viewers. And naturally, because this is a Korean film, the clichés of a couple of decades worth of American naval thrillers are balanced by the clichés of the Korean Romance®, which dictates that two lifelong friends and Navy underwater salvage specialists (Kim Yeong-ho and BICHUNMOO brooder Shin Hyeon-jun) will have their friendship tested by the superior officer (Shin Eun-kyung) they both love and their lives tested by an almost laughable number of mishaps that occur both during their training exercises and real-world rescue missions they undertake. In fact, so many "incidents" occur in the name of hoary melodrama in this otherwise technically proficient movie that I'm surprised the Korean Navy would want to be associated with it in any way. It actually makes them look bad.
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