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Battle Ground 625 (2005)

Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 4 August 2005 (South Korea)
Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Director:

Kwang-Hyun Park

Writers:

Jin Jang (play), Joong Kim | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Chief Comrade Lee Su-Hwa
Ha-kyun Shin ... 2nd Lt. Pyo Hyun-Chul
Hye-jeong Kang ... Yeo-il
Ha-ryong Lim Ha-ryong Lim ... Jang Young-hee (North)
Jae-kyeong Seo Jae-kyeong Seo ... Army Medic Mun Sang-sang (South)
Deok-Hwan Ryu ... Seo Taek-ki (North)
Steve Taschler Steve Taschler ... Smith
Jae-Jin Jung Jae-Jin Jung
Young-yi Lee Young-yi Lee
Nam-Hee Park Nam-Hee Park
Deok-hyeon Jo Deok-hyeon Jo ... (as Duk-hyun Cho)
Seung-mok Yoo Seung-mok Yoo ... Soo
Won-cheol Shim Won-cheol Shim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Anselmo ... Special Forces Commander (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Michael Arnold Michael Arnold ... Attack Pilot Last Scene
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Storyline

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

4 August 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Ground 625 See more »

Filming Locations:

Korea See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,065,527
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Film It Suda See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It has been assumed there is no village in either of the Koreas with the name "Dongmakgol". However, there is a small village near Jecheon, South Korea that is named Dongmakgol. See more »

Quotes

Teacher Kim: [in English] How are you?
Smith: What?
Teacher Kim: How are you?
Smith: How do you think I am, huh? I mean, how do you think I am? Look at me, huh? I mean, look at me! I'm tied up with sticks here. You know, I feel like shit! Like shit!
Village Chief: [in Korean] Not going well?
Teacher Kim: It's strange. You can see, like it says here, sir.
Village Chief: I can't read that.
Teacher Kim: Yes, sir. Well, if I say
[in English]
Teacher Kim: 'How are you?', he should say
[...]
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Gorgeous and well told tale of war...
22 February 2007 | by BlessedB_ukSee all my reviews

Upon approaching this flick i was a tad sceptical - i knew with the cast, director and musical score covered nicely - there was no reason for it to be a let down, but i always find myself slightly dubious of war films. JSA was fantastic though so i gritted my teeth, held my breath and hoped for the best. Absolutely F'in glad i did, its such a well shot beautiful tale, the cinematography is highly original for the premise of a war film, the colours and dialogue were spot on and the actors all came correct. I found myself wishing that i could just F it all and go live in that cool village with that crazy girl for the rest of my days, ha ha. Thats not to say this film is completely void of any gritty (and sometimes gory) realism on the 'war' front but it just doesn't focus so much on the agony, more so on the individual and the reasons behind such atrocities. Its not a short film, but i found myself not wanting it to end. Some scenes in particular bring light relief and patch the whole thing up into a marvellous little epic. I highly highly recommend it to fans of beautiful cinema.


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