On the hyper-militarised border between North and South Korea
shots ring out and a wounded South Korean soldier stumbles
back across non-mans land, leaving two North Korean soldiers
dead. The South Korean Army praise him as a hero, but were
the soldiers actions far less courageous? Is only part of
the tale being told...?
the award winning director of Oldboy
comes this thrilling tale of deceit, misunderstanding and
the ultimate futility of war. Tough, brutal and fiercely intelligent,
JSA: Joint Security Area stars leading actors Kang-ho
Song (Shiri and Sympathy
for Mr Vengeance) and He-kyun Shin (Save
the Green Planet and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance).
This film has been available on import for a number of years
now, it signalled Korea's ability to make high tension, action
films. Based on a book called DMZ, this film centres
on the area between north and south Korea, known as the "Joint
Security Area". It focusses on an incident that occurred in
the area. The
story is told from both sides of the divide and as such, both
of the tales do conflict at times.
This is also well known for being Korea's most expensive film
ever made and boy does it show. The cinematography is absolutely
superb and the quality of the film is very apparent throughout.
JSA has some genuine moments of high tension as the
investigators into the incident start to uncover the truth
about what happened. I really enjoyed this film, with its
superb acting and lavish direction coupled with a genuinely
good plot. You cannot help to be won over.
special features on the disc include a couple of rather lame
documentaries and two music videos as well as some trailers.
It's a shame the features are not up to the standard of the
film. If you like a good, solid film made with love and care
that will also thrill you to watch it, then look no further.
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