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Joint Security Area (2000)

Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (original title)
After a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border/DMZ leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, a neutral Swiss/Swedish team investigates, what actually happened.

Director:

Chan-wook Park
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yeong-ae Lee ... Maj. Sophie E. Jean
Byung-hun Lee ... Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok
Kang-ho Song ... Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
Tae-woo Kim ... Nam Sung-shik
Ha-kyun Shin ... Jeong Woo-jin
Herbert Ulrich Herbert Ulrich ... Swedish soldier
Christoph Hofrichter ... Maj. Gen. Bruno Botta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Micara Adriana Micara Adriana
Gallego Alberto Gallego Alberto
Ahmedov Ayder Ahmedov Ayder
Cannon Greg Courtney Cannon Greg Courtney
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... General Pyo
Isaac Green Isaac Green
Lim Il-Gyu ... Police officer
Tae-Hyun Jin Tae-Hyun Jin ... South Korean military (as Tae-hyeon Kim)
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Storyline

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining rounds in the assassin's magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic. Written by serious cinephile <catpaw@cityline.ru>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

During the course of the movie when the South Korean soldiers salute their superiors they say (phonetically) 'TUN-GIL!' This is Korean for 'UNITE!' It is used in the South Korean military (mostly army) because - even though the North wishes to reunify under the Communist rule, while the South desires it under democratic rule - the hopes and goals on both sides are for reunification. See more »

Goofs

The moment before Sgt. Lee shoots Sgt. Oh in the shoulder you can clearly see the squib device underneath his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil: Your shadow is over the line. Watch it!
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User Reviews

 
A truly inspiring movie that makes you ask "Why do we have wars?"
30 September 2005 | by jinly_See all my reviews

I must admit when i first saw the cover of this movie my initial thoughts were "oh man another pointless testosterone military driven movie", how wrong i was.

This is a wonderfully crafted masterpiece that evokes the strongest emotions in a person's heart. The movie is set in Korea and portrays how different people can set asides their differences and be able to see each other in the purest form, that we are the same, brothers and sisters.

I found myself on a roller coaster ride of emotions, laughing one minute, in with tears in another. All the actors and actress have done a superb job in this one. The most emotionally powerful scene was the last scene. Only a photograph but conveys so much meaning and emotions.

Definitely a must watch movie, no matter what nationality you are, you will be enchanted and inspired by this movie's magic, and understand a bit more about what it means to be a person.


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Details

Official Sites:

Myung Film

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | German

Release Date:

9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

J.S.A.: Joint Security Area See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,071
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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