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Joint Security Area (2000)

공동경비구역 JSA, J.S.A, JSA

genre: Suspense, Drama
country: South Korea
This acclaimed film by Park Chan-wook, who also directed " Old Boy," looks at a friendship that develops among South and North Korean soldiers serving at the DMZ.
Rules are meant to be broken, secrets are made to be revealed and things are more seductive when forbidden. We can tell that by history and even the Bible. The same principle also applies to Panmunjom, where soldiers of the South and the North are facing each other with heavy weapons and hostility. On a moonless night, a South Korean soldier steps on a landmine on his night prowl, and two North Korean soldiers passing by come to the rescue. Naturally, they become friends. Later, another South Korean soldier joins them and all four develop a friendship that's destined to end tragically. The movie, released in 2000, lured lots of Koreans into cinemas and brought more respectability to the nation's movie industry, after Swiri laid the foundation in 1999. Even by strict international standards, the movie, based upon a novel, deserves applause. It also makes an ideal gift for people who want to understand the Cold War context of the Korean Peninsula. Song Gang-ho stars as a North Korean soldier, Lee Byung-heon as a South Korean soldier, and Lee Young-ae as Sophie, a Korean-Swiss lieutenant.

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Duration: 108mins
Released: Sep 9, 2000

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Production: Myung Films
Distribution: CJ Entertainment
Investment: Intz.com

Format: 35mm Film
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
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