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Battle Ground 625 (2005)

Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (original title)
Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Chief Comrade Lee Su-Hwa
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2nd Lt. Pyo Hyun-Chul
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Yeo-il
Ha-ryong Lim ...
Jang Young-hee (North)
Jae-kyeong Seo ...
Army Medic Mun Sang-sang (South)
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Seo Taek-ki (North)
Steve Taschler ...
Smith
Jae-Jin Jung
Young-yi Lee
Nam-Hee Park
Deok-hyeon Jo ...
(as Duk-hyun Cho)
Seung-mok Yoo
Won-cheol Shim
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Special Forces Commander (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Michael Arnold ...
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Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Battle Ground 625  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After being impressed with Kwang-Hyun Park's 2002 short film My Nike, Film It Suda CEO Jin Jang gave him a new project: to direct an adaptation of one of his successful stage plays Welcome to Dongmakgol. The final script was the result of 18 months of brainstorming between Jang, Park, and visual supervisor Joong Kim. See more »

Quotes

Teacher Kim: [in English] How are you?
Smith: What?
Teacher Kim: How are you?
Smith: How do you think I am, huh? I mean, how do you think I am? Look at me, huh? I mean, look at me! I'm tied up with sticks here. You know, I feel like shit! Like shit!
Village Chief: [in Korean] Not going well?
Teacher Kim: It's strange. You can see, like it says here, sir.
Village Chief: I can't read that.
Teacher Kim: Yes, sir. Well, if I say
[in English]
Teacher Kim: 'How are you?', he should say
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Amazing film!
10 January 2006 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

I just cant believe how much I became fond of the characters and hows visually beautiful this film is. The score is gently leading you along as this touching tale unfolds.

The different layers of the story adds much deserved humanity to the characters - which were well cast. Especially the crazy girl of the village (Hye-jeong Kang from the film Old Boy).

The film brings together the South Korean/American Allies and the Communist North so that they saw eye to eye as human beings, due to the example of innocence radiating from the village. I'm looking forward to the director of Welcome to Dongmakgol's future work.

Basically a really really good film! Korean cinema is really finding its way.

Many Thanks, Ricky Thind


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