Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the ... See full summary »


Woo-Suk Kang


Hie-jae Kim
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Credited cast:
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Commandant (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Kyung-gu Sol ... Kang In-chan
Joon-ho Huh ... Sergeant Jo (as Jun-ho Heo)
Jae-yeong Jeong
Seong-jin Kang Seong-jin Kang
Won-hui Lim Won-hui Lim
Kang Shin-il
Jeong-heon Lee Jeong-heon Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tae-woong Eom ... Won-Sang
Gi-seong Jeong Gi-seong Jeong
Yu-mi Jeong Yu-mi Jeong
Yu-mi Jung
Kang-woo Kim
Woong-jae Won Woong-jae Won ... Sang-min
Im Won-hee


Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the island of Silmi; for two years they are subjected to maximum mental and physical abuse before the mission is cancelled and the unit terminated. Written by

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Action | Drama


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This movie is based on actual events. After North Korean commandos tried to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung Hee in 1968, the Southern Government set up a unit to kill North Korean President Kim Il Sung. The unit was made up of prisoners sentenced to death for various offenses. During their preparation, the South Koreans scrapped the idea; contrary to what is stated in the film, though, it is unknown what happened next, only that the unit eventually mutinied. See more »


At the end of the film, the photo of the soldier's mother misses a piece in the upper right corner. A few moments later we see the photo again, but this time it misses a piece in the lower left corner. See more »


Referenced in You've Fallen for Me: Fly High (2011) See more »

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full metal jacket with more drama
21 October 2011 | by yeodawgSee all my reviews

They gang rape nurse and there are several "GAUNTLET" style shoot-outs. All of that would make for an exciting movie you'd think. This movie tells the story of North Korean shock troops that launched a botched mission to kill the South Korean President. It starts off with the soldiers being recruited from death row (a la Dirty Dozen). They then run them through a series of obstacles, but the real obstacles are the ones in their hearts and minds. Now I tried to power through one of these films before "JSA", it gets all muddled down in political and societal dialog. Now "OLDBOY, I COME WITH THE RAIN" I my favorite movies (behind "THE PRINCESS BRIDE" of course). But I don't understand Korean society or politics, all I know there is no witty repertoire or a since of comedy. Nor is there any on my sign unleash hell, or _You NEED me on that WALL, you WANT me on that WALL!" Just reading the subtitles my eyes roll to the back of my head and the next thing I know the soldiers is in a running gun-battle with the trainers.

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Release Date:

24 December 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

684 - Eine Einheit kämpft um ihr Leben See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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