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North Korean Guys (2003)
"Donghaemulgwa baekdusan" (original title)

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Two friends accidentally drift from North Korea into South Korea after falling asleep during a fishing trip. Broke and unable to get home, they enter a singing contest whose grand prize is a trip to North Korea.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun-ho Jeong ...
Captain Choi Baek-du
Hyeong-jin Kong ...
Seaman Lim Dong-hun
Hyeon-kyeong Ryu ...
Han Na-ra
Cheol Park ...
Inspector Ahn
Sang-wook Park ...
Inspector Park
Min Han ...
Su-yeon
Hye-mi Lee ...
Yeon-jung
Yeong-tak Song ...
Na-ra's Dad
Jin-ki Jeon ...
Deck Officer
Hyun-tak Shin ...
Seaman Jin-man
Kyeong-sun Jeong ...
Chicken Kiosk Owner
Yun-ho Park ...
Criminal
Kwang-gyu Kim ...
Lead Detective
Sun-Chang Hong ...
Police Officer
Kyoung-Hoon Jo ...
Gang Boss
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Two friends accidentally drift from North Korea into South Korea after falling asleep during a fishing trip. Broke and unable to get home, they enter a singing contest whose grand prize is a trip to North Korea.

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31 December 2003 (South Korea)  »

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Lost in the South  »

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Another story of mocking the country bumpkins!
8 December 2005 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

In the movie, the cultural difference between urban and rural life is usually depicted through the perspective of people in modernized city. Korean movies are now taking some serious actions toward their counterpart and blood-tied brothers- the northerners. Because of political sentimentalism, most northerner movies are composed of various historical/ethnic metaphor; but this one totally dispense with any nuance of political separatism/unification since its fundamental structure is centering on the cultural alienation and drive-me-crazy situation experienced by two elite North Korean Navy members.

As far as comedy is intended, this movie is the first trial to stage the northerner on the set of hyper-typified South Korean society. But its pitfall is that except for their northern accent, two heroes are not at all the very figures of North Korea but as much dumb as normal bumpkins from South Korean countryside. If this movie intended a sort of allegory for South Korean society, then it need not be scripted into a hilarious comedy; however, if intended for normal comedy, it need not employ two main characters from North Korea. As a result, this movie neither demonstrates the serious issues on the problem of Southern/Northern cultural hiatus, nor amuses the audiences with awkward slapsticks of two bumpkins.


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