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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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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$298,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,855,181
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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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Loyalty and KCIA
10 April 2005 | by AtavistenSee all my reviews

In the 1960s a Korea controlled by its intelligence KCIA (guess where it came from ..) after a North Korean attempt to assassinate the South Korean president Park Chung-hee. South Korea responds by making a special force to kill Kim Il-sung, commander of North Korea. This force is made up of criminals judged to death sentence who get the choice of playing hangman or be in the force.

What we see from now on is people not treated as people, but are trained as machines of war for one mission which will take their lives in the end. The fact that this is based on a true story is very depressing and even more sadly, not so surprising.

This film was far superior to the more heroism focused 'Taegukgi' but received far less acclaim in South Korea, understandably so since 'Silmido' is very critical about recent happenings and has a much smaller budget. You on the other hand if given the choice, know what to pick. ;)


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