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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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4 wins & 9 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 ... Mayor
Young-yi Lee Young-yi Lee
Nam-Hee Park Nam-Hee Park
Deok-hyeon Jo Deok-hyeon Jo ... Teacher Kim (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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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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A spellbinding gem.
3 June 2008 | by studleymoore2027See all my reviews

I am a lover of all foreign cinema especially the Asian side of things but for me this came under the radar. I had not heard of this until i rented it in my local video shop 2 years ago. World cinema is far popular now than when i first got into it and i'm not to sure thats such a good thing because there was a time where only the best titles made there way to this country, a time where renting a foreign film guaranteed quality but that changed with the sudden American studio interest. This film was apart of that era for me, a film that i picked up many times but couldn't bring myself to rent. Wow was i wrong

This film is politically based but mythically set, get past the war and into the ethos of dongmakgol and you have a far more enjoyable film. I am not writing off the atrocities of war by no means but the way the spirit of this village has in bringing these enemies together is what the film is all about.

From the performances to the music score and even the quality SFX this film amazed me, how this isn't more widely appreciated is a sin. I urge all the people who read this that haven't seen it to watch it, and if you don't enjoy it then i can at least say i tried.


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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:

Welcome to Dongmakgol 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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