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The Coast Guard (2002)

Hae anseon (original title)
A member of Coast Guard Platoon 23, Private Kang monitors a high-infiltration stretch of beach lined with barbed-wire fencing. Driven by the belief that killing a spy is the highest honor, he waits for a chance to prove his worth.


Kim Ki-duk


Kim Ki-duk
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Jang Dong-Gun ... Kang Sang-byeong
Jeong-hak Kim Jeong-hak Kim ... Kim Sang-byeong
Ji-a Park Ji-a Park ... Mi-yeong
Hae-Jin Yoo ... Cheol-gu (as Hae-jin Yoo)
Jin Jeong Jin Jeong
Gu-taek Kim Gu-taek Kim
Kang-woo Kim
Yun-jae Park Yun-jae Park
Kim Tae-Woo
Yeong-jae Kim Yeong-jae Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seong Kim Mi-seong Kim
Choe Min Choe Min ... Provost Marshal (as Choi Min)
Sang-ok Park Sang-ok Park


At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking youths jeer them. Two nights later, Kang follows orders, opening fire at a person who has infiltrated the border zone. It proves to be a young man, one from the earlier encounter, on a drunken tryst with his girlfriend, Mi-yeong. Kang is commended, yet horrified. Mi-yeong is unhinged. Kim tries to hold onto friendship, duty, and his humanity. While Kang retreats into bizarre behavior and violence, Mi-yeong becomes easy prey to soldiers. Sickness is all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There is a line that cannot be crossed.


Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for strong violence, a graphic sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Maverick South Korean author Kim Ki Duk depicts that life at an army base is no joke !
8 April 2010 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

There is all possibility that "The Coast Guard" should be considered as an autobiographical tale.We all know that director Kim Ki Duk has never acknowledged this fact in media.As he has strongly depicted every facet of South Korean society,"Hae Anseon" must be hailed an offbeat film which gave him a once in a lifetime chance to depict South Korean military as he must have had witnessed disturbing events in the past. There is something unique about this film as its universal appeal makes audiences believe that whatever that has happened to South Korean soldiers might also happen to some other military men in some other country.Kim Ki Duk suggests that life at an army base is no joke.He has made good use of documentary style realism to draw a visceral portrayal of innocent,young military men whose job is to guard borders between North Korea and South Korea.Some scenes might be devoid of reality but it is hoped that they would be accepted by viewers despite their shortcomings as a film director needs some kind of artistic liberty. There are two major issues with this film.Common people have been shown in bad light.Some of the women audiences might also appear to be a tad apprehensive as their images have not been correctly depicted in this rather raw and violent film.

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22 November 2002 (South Korea) See more »

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