CENTRE FORWARD is a short and to the point North Korean film that tackles the subject of football. In it, a struggling team are put through their paces by their coach, who demands the very best from them through a series of gruelling training exercises. Is he demanding too much, or will the team finally prevail against the opposition?
This is a very slight and slender film whose low budget is apparent through both the short running time and the black and white cinematography. As a sports film it's acceptable enough, with some workable football sequences and plenty of the usual emoting you'd expect from a film like this. The acting is assured and, being a North Korean movie, there are the usual propaganda songs that praise the motherland and the great leader. Not one of the country's classics, but CENTRE FORWARD works fine all the same as a piece of social documentation.
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