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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.


Chan-wook Park
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Credited cast:
Yeong-ae Lee ... Maj. Sophie E. Jean
Lee Byung-Hun ... Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok
Song Kang-Ho ... Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
Kim Tae-Woo ... 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)


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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Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil: Your shadow is over the line. Watch it!
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References Hour of the Wolf (1968) See more »

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One of the best Korean movies in my life.
16 October 2000 | by SnapesnapeSee all my reviews

When my friends forced me to see this movie with them, I really didn't know what to expect. Raving reviews bursted out everywhere that no Korean movies would be better than this one. Nevertheless, I was hesitant to go to cinema. I insisted that I am not in the mood watching serious movie.

It was finally started, I found myself laughed out to tears through the movie. It's supposed to be a serious movie, but not at all. It was a really inspiring one which is more worth than one thousand times Reunite demonstration.

Of course this movie is not a perfect one. If you look through the movie carefully to find plot holes, there are so many. At first Joint security area is not such a remiss place as it portrayed. And there aren't any certain explains why two lead south soldiers shot one north soldier dead who once considered to be their best friend and brother.

One more thing, I could hardly understand why two south soldiers ended up like that. Well, These some hurts the greatness of this film.

The most powerful scene was the last scene. It was the best of all. I was extremely touched by only one that scene. That picture explains everything that the director might have wanted to say.

Don't miss this one. Even though you are not a Korean, I bet you would understand the air of this film, and could laugh together, and could touched together.

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Release Date:

9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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