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Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 4 August 2005 (South Korea)
Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

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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 ...
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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It was only supposed to cost around 4 billion won, as there were no big stars, mostly actors from or acquainted with Jang's Suda family through their past work. But filming and post-production CGI took much longer than expected, and the budget skyrocketed to 8 billion won, putting Jang's company in trouble: for a small production company like Film It Suda failing with this film would have been catastrophic. 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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Quirky and Fantastical Movie
15 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Welcome to Dongmakgol" is a quirky and fantasy like tale about a bunch of soldiers who happen on a remote village during Korean war. A village where nobody knows anything about the war and nobody has even seen a gun. The basic premise is a little ridiculous and over the top. But if you are willing to believe it, then the movie is very rewarding.

It has some excellent cinematography. A few scenes are exaggerated but that is for the comic effect. The village and the villagers maybe silly but other characters are still believable which is necessary for the film to maintain its grip on reality.

Many reviewers have complained about the politics of the film. But the movie is not about politics. Just like that village it exists in its own world and is not aware of the reasons of war. It just know instinctively that violence is bad.


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