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Silmido (2003)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 24 December 2003 (South Korea)
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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 »

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Woo-Suk Kang

Writer:

Hie-jae Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Commandant (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Kyung-gu Sol ... Kang In-chan
Jun-ho Heo ... Sergeant Jo
Jae-yeong Jeong
Seong-jin Kang Seong-jin Kang
Won-hui Lim Won-hui Lim
Shin-il Kang
Jeong-heon Lee Jeong-heon Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tae-woong Eom ... Won-Sang
Won-hee Im
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
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Storyline

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 kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

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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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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

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Too Pathetic, Too Obvious And Too Clichéd
20 August 2017 | by denis888See all my reviews

I like South Korea war dramas, and the premises of Silmido (in Korean - 실미도) seemed to be an absolute winning formulas. Sadly, the film is a major disappointment and failed on many angles. It is far too long, far too slow, far too predictable, far too pathetic, and it lacks any redeeming feature. Yeah, the real events of 6834 Silmido groups were tragic but one could depict them better and less that pathetic. Training scenes are far too prolonged and quickly become a real bore. Dialogs are often empty and also lack depth or any credit to them. The uprising sequence is also far too predictable and suffers a lot from high-blown phrases and long, very long final scene. The good things are again the exquisite depiction of Korean nature, the great camera work and an excellent sound production. Sadly, again, but hey do not deliver the film to a better level and only underline how generally poor the execution is. Can be watched and then discarded


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