The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

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Park Mu-Rang
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Ku Kap-Jo
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Seung-woo Kim ...
Kang Suk-Dae
Hye-seong Kim ...
Yong-Man
Seong-hwan Koo ...
Nam-Sik
Hyun-tak Shin ...
Dal-Young
Jae-won Moon ...
Yong-Bae
Dong-beom Kim ...
Jae-Seon
Yoon-sung Kim ...
Poong-Chun
Tu-in Tak ...
Wang-Pyo
Seung-hoon Yoon ...
Chang-Woo
Ho-won Kim ...
Byung-Tae
Han-joon Kim ...
Gwang-Il
Won-hee Cho
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The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

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71: Into the Fire  »

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The climactic battle in the movie was a part of the Battle of P'ohang-Dong, between August 5-20 of 1950. Here, savage fighting broke out as the North Koreans attacked the UN forces, consisting of American and South Korean soldiers, in an attempt to take the town of P'ohang-Dong on the northeast corner of the Pusan Perimeter. Despite being pushed back initially, the UN forces regrouped and eventually defeated the North Koreans, forcing their retreat. It was a turning point in that it effectively broke the back of the North Korean offensive, which was beginning to suffer from superior UN support and a lack of manpower and supplies. See more »

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The North Korean tank loses one of its tracks after a student soldier suicide-bombs it, but the track is shown intact several scenes later when the tank itself is knocked out. See more »

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One of the better war movies lately
10 February 2013 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

The true story, directed by John H. Lee (A Moment to Remember) about South Korean student unit of 71 soldiers who was left to defend the girls middle school during the Battle of Pohang during the peek of North Korea's invasion of South in 1950. That 71 students defended that position for 11 hours against a North Korean army brigade and the film was inspired by the letters of one of that soldiers. Out of 71 members of the unit, only three had combat experience, while others have not undergone any training before the battle, which makes their resistance unbelievable.

The story focuses on two soldiers, Oh Jung-Bum, frightened and lost commander of the unit who only got the position because of his experience that was minimal, and Ku Kap-Jo, convicted of murder who enlisted in the Army to avoid jail. A good part of the story rests on their conflict and on development of their relationship as well as their relationship with the rest of the unit. Character development is uncommonly done. Oh Jung-Bum changes from a scared kid who couldn't even shot from the gun to brave commander absurdly fast, while Ku Kap-Jo's path is approximately opposite and just as fast, if not faster. In this context, we can mention the North Korean captain Park Mu-Rang which is extremely difficult to characterize as he's almost like another character in almost every scene, while only he's egotism stays.

Performance is standard Asian, full of melodrama, highlighting the pride and courage, and a somewhat caricature acting that is pretty solid here. Cha Seung-won is far form being brilliant in lead role of Oh Jung-Bum, almost completely without emotions, as if he was forced to act in this movie. The rest of the acting team did a solid job. The pace of storytelling is perfect, not one scene is redundant, although movie could work without humorous parts they deliver, alongside humor, additional characterization of the characters. It's a simple, dynamic story with which time goes by quickly. There's no objections to the visual part of the film. A solid budget of 10mil dollars was well used, the effects look almost authentic. Final battle looks really impressive, although it can not be overlooked that it was somewhat idealized.

Film lacks historical context which is not surprising given that, as usually happens with Far Eastern cinema, it's made for their market so they didn't feel like it's necessarily to explain situation, but however, it does not affect much on the experience of the film since the theme is universal, and 71: Into the Fire is one of the better war movies lately.


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