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White Badge (1992)

Hayan chonjaeng (original title)
Not Rated | | War | 1992 (Japan)
South Korea, 1979. Han Kiju is an alcoholic novelist who has never recovered from his year long tour as a volunteer soldier in Vietnam. When he's asked to write a book about the Korean ... See full summary »

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Ji-yeong Jeong

Writers:

Junghyo Ahn (novel), Su Young Gong | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Kiju Han (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Chinsu Pyon
Hye-jin Shim ... Yongok Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Do-hun Ahn Do-hun Ahn
Young Jae Dok-Go ... Munki Kim (as Yongjae Tokko)
Seok-yeon Hong Seok-yeon Hong
Joon-ho Huh ... Bangjang Hong (as Ho Junho)
Bo-sung Kim Bo-sung Kim ... (as Seok Heo)
Se Jun Kim Se Jun Kim ... Hisik Chon
Eun-suk Lee Eun-suk Lee
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South Korea, 1979. Han Kiju is an alcoholic novelist who has never recovered from his year long tour as a volunteer soldier in Vietnam. When he's asked to write a book about the Korean soldiers who fought in Vietnam he's battered by flashbacks that remind him of the brutality and lies that destroyed his innocence. The serialized novel brings him back in contact with a former soldier who served under him, PFC Pyon Chinsu, the one-time company clown driven mad by the violence of the war and who now looks to Han for some sort of emotional rescue. Written by Seanax

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White Badge (1992) is one of the first - if not the very first - foreign movies about the Vietnam War actually shot in Vietnam. See more »

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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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Far from perfect, but a worthy treatment of the subject nonetheless
16 September 2005 | by markchuckSee all my reviews

When I tell people that my father went to Vietnam as a member of the South Korean army, the response I often get is, "Wow, I didn't even know that South Koreans were in the Vietnam War." Given this low base line of knowledge, this film is worth recommending on the sole basis that it provides an overview of an often-overlooked facet of this tragic conflict. Aside from that, as a film it certainly has its flaws (editing, pacing, music, and production value are a few flaws that come to mind), but overall it conveys the spirit of the novel and gives a reasonably historically accurate portrayal of the men and the times.

If you're looking for a great Korean war movie, though, this isn't it. Watch Taegugki, the gripping Korean War tale that is part of the recent "New Wave" of Korean cinema sweeping the global film scene. This movie, made in the 90's took place well before this New Wave and pales in comparison to newer offerings. Still, if you're looking for a different take on the Vietnam War film and can find this at your local video store, give it a shot.

And if you like the movie, or were even remotely intrigued, you really owe it to yourself to read the novel, which gives a much greater sense of depth and character development to the story.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

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1992 (Japan) See more »

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