6.5/10
3,027
11 user 23 critic

Hae anseon (2002)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Young-min Kim
Paran daemun (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Streetwise Jin-a moves into a boarding house run by a small, close-knit family. But her unacceptable behavior threatens to destroy them all.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ji-eun Lee, Hae-eun Lee, Jae-mo Ahn
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The film follows a South Korean artist as he systematically seeks out, and then guns down his real or imagined enemies.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Yi-yeong Shim, Min-seok Son
Ag-o (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman forms a twisted bond with a homeless violent thug who prevented her suicide.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Jae-Hong Ahn, Mu-song Jeon
Soom (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Chen Chang, In-Hyeong Gang, Jung-woo Ha
Bad Guy (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

One man's attempt to fill humane loneliness. But love is not for "scumbags".

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Won Seo, Yun-tae Kim
Bi-mong (2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the aftermath of a car crash, a man discovers his dreams are tied to a stranger's sleepwalking.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Nayoung Lee, Mi-hee Chang
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two Korean ex-pats meet in Paris by chance encounter. One a petty thief and wannabe artist/painter (Chong-Hae), the other a tough guy (Hong San). Hong San saves Chong-Hae from a gang of ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Dong-jik Jang, Ryun Jang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Eol Lee, Ji-min Kwak, Yeo-reum Han
Hwal (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-Seok Seo, Gook-hwan Jeon
Amen III (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A journey of a Korean girl who wanders around Europe to find her boyfriend.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Hye-na Kim, Ki-duk Kim
Seom (2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim, Sung-hee Park
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... 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
Jin Jeong Jin Jeong
Gu-taek Kim Gu-taek Kim
Kang-woo Kim
Yun-jae Park Yun-jae Park
Tae-woo Kim
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There is a line that cannot be crossed.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 November 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coast Guard See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Gwageoneun Heulleogassda (Flowed Past)
Performed by Hyeon-jin Baek
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rather tiresome film, with some powerful scenes
19 September 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Kang (Dong-Gun Jang) is a soldier assigned to patrol the border of the North-South Korea divide. His sole job is to shoot anyone that crosses the border, as they are to be considered North Korean spies. As it holds many rewards, Kang is eager to kill someone. One night on duty in town, he gets into an argument with a gang of youths having drinks, including Mi-Yeong (Ji-A Park). As a means of defying the soldiers who they believe are just living easy off the tax payers' money, Mi-Yeong crosses the border with a young man and the two have sex. Kang spots the man's head and opens fire, killing him, and throws a grenade that blows him apart. Mi-Yeong descends into madness, stalking the army camp and having sex with various soldiers. Kang also goes mad with guilt, and is eventually dismissed from the coast guard, only return with vengeance on his mind.

As good as the premise for this film sounds, I really did find it disappointingly amateurish. The interesting themes lying throughout the film are drowned out by bad plotting, and simply unbelievable incidents. How Kang, a relatively green soldier with no real combat experience, turns into a super-slick Jason Bourne-alike who can deceive a whole patrol overnight is just ridiculous. It's clear that director Ki-Duk Kim is trying to portray the soldiers as useless, but the amount of times they are disarmed by having their weapons simply grabbed out of their hands is unrealistic. And some scenes are just repeated over and over again, notably Kang appearing, ravaged by madness, not realising he has been dismissed, only to be told he is mad by his ex-fellow servicemen and punched and kicked away. It gets tiresome quickly, and appears that the director just ran out of ideas.

It's not to say that some parts of the film aren't effective. The tragic Mi-Yeong, having slept with many of the soldiers believing them to be her dead ex-lover, finds herself pregnant. Her brother, enraged, demands that the soldiers responsible come forward. Mi-Yeong kisses the guilty men one by one on the cheek, gleefully unaware of the gravity of the situation, only for her brother to stare horrified as one after the other step forward. The scene where she crawls into her brother's fish tank, bloody from a forced abortion, is truly brilliant. The water fills up with blood as she sits there, unable to grasp what is happening. It's a powerful scene in a disappointingly poor film.

www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com


0 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed