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Joint Security Area (2000)

Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (original title)
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director:

Chan-wook Park
14 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yeong-ae Lee ... Maj. Sophie E. Jean
Byung-Hun Lee ... Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok
Kang-ho Song ... Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
Tae-woo Kim ... Nam Sung-shik
Ha-kyun Shin ... Jeong Woo-jin
Herbert Ulrich Herbert Ulrich ... Swedish soldier
Christoph Hofrichter ... Maj. Gen. Bruno Botta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Micara Adriana Micara Adriana
Gallego Alberto Gallego Alberto
Ahmedov Ayder Ahmedov Ayder
Cannon Greg Courtney Cannon Greg Courtney
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... General Pyo
Isaac Green Isaac Green
Kwang-il Kim Kwang-il Kim ... Civil Servant #3
Myoeng-su Kim Myoeng-su Kim ... Top Ranking Officer Choi
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Storyline

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining rounds in the assassin's magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic. Written by serious cinephile <catpaw@cityline.ru>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Myung Film

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | German

Release Date:

9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

J.S.A.: Joint Security Area See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,071
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the South Korean patrol scene, at 30:46, you can see what appears to be a mound of earth, which is actually a grave. Departed Koreans were buried sitting up and overlooking their favorite piece of land. These burial mounds were known by American GI's as "Happy Mounds". See more »

Goofs

The moment before Sgt. Lee shoots Sgt. Oh in the shoulder you can clearly see the squib device underneath his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok: Hey Assholes! You just gonna leave me here?
Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil: You told us to go.
Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok: I said don't come closer, when did I say to leave, you fuckers!
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AWESOME PIECE OF WORK: Rent this today if you can!
23 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

It's been a few years, but I saw this in a Singapore theatre a day or two after it opened there. A Korean friend had mentioned it was good, so I went to check it out assuming it would be good. OH MY GOSH! This was an excellent movie and it seems so unfortunate that it didn't get a wide-release in North American (or not that I know of) as I think it would have done really well! This was #1 in Korea beating out Spider Man!! In fact, the North Korean leader even requested a copy for his viewing pleasure -- perhaps to get his own look at what South Korea might be plotting, or maybe simply to be entertained with some great film-making.

The movie combines a very likable Hollywood touch with compelling plot action, in contrast to some very personal moments and an amazing sense of suspense in this movie. I was floored.

The whole location of where the movie takes place -- in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea -- and the acute tension was certainly captured and sure made for great story-telling. I can't remember another movie where I saw and experienced more tension in a story than in this movie! It fit the story perfectly, and really got the movie off to a great start. Then, as the characters were introduced, piece by piece, we explored action, emotion, and thought. The movie examined, re-examined and really brought us close not only to the events, but to the people in the story. I felt a range of emotions in this story culminating in a really great movie!

This is a must-see!


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