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Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (2005)

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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4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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:

View content advisory »
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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 »

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

Was selected in September 2005 to represent South Korea in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2006 Oscars. Although it was reportedly very well-received at the Academy screenings, it did not get nominated. 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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The only thing that stinks about this movie is...
22 January 2007 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

The only thing that stinks about this movie is... what am I going to follow it with? Dongmakgol is such a memorable, powerful experience that I'm afraid to watch another movie lest the next one be a dud.

The only reason I watched this film was that I heard Joe Hisaishi did the musical score. He of course did a brilliant job as always, but that's not even the tip of the iceberg. For one thing, it's the first *colourful* war film I've ever seen. What is it with war movies and drab, bleached sepia tones anyway? Hasn't that been done to death? Well, the gorgeous opening scene of an angelic girl standing in a meadow and watching a fighter plane crash ought to be enough to tell you that this is no cookie-cutter war movie. I'm about to cry just thinking of it.

*sob* give me a minute, willya

OK... moving along...

I won't pretend to say I know anything about the Korean War. I'll leave the political bickering to other IMDb posters. For me, this told a very timeless, human story which could have been set in any war. It is the story of two violent enemies who find something more important than their conflict.

I didn't care who was wearing which uniform, nor did I care who the "bad guys" were, nor did I even flinch when I, a red-blooded American, found myself occasionally hoping for an American soldier to be shot (a truly bizarre experience). I ignored all that stuff; it's all purely incidental. At any time, you could swap flags, and the story would be the same. Magical, humbling, emotional, funny and profoundly affecting.

I strongly recommend that ALL Americans SHOULD SEE THIS FILM. NOW. It's not a history lesson; it's a human lesson. And the message is extremely timely with what is going on in the world today. Leave your personal political views at the door, and allow yourself to be swept away by the poetry of this wonderful tale.


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