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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
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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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Absurd korean movie. Think Calvin Klein ad meets Aliens, meets Rambo.
25 May 2003 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

When an overzealous Korean Coast Guard soldier kills a local civilian at night when the civilian is in a restricted area, the officials give him a seven-day pass and he begins his descent into madness. Coincidentally, it's about that time that the movie begins its descent into absurdity.

Also the girlfriend of the slain punk quickly becomes a Korean Ophelia with no real Hamlet.

I'm not sure of Korean military regulations but I've never seen so many superior officers slapping, punching and kicking their subordinates. Whenever the superiors are outraged they also take it out on the entire platoon by having them run in the sea (mostly shirtless) and roll around in the mud.

I'm not so sure that this was a movie as much as it was some paramilitary fetishists idea of a porno.

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22 November 2002 (South Korea) See more »

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