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Joint Security Area

Watched another korean flick last night: "Joint Security Area". Another by Chan-Wook Park, the director of "Oldboy" (which I thought was pretty fucking good.)

A military thriller about north and south korean guards that become buddies. They hang out and party in the wee hours when they're supposed to be guarding the border. Naturally, it goes wrong somehow, resulting in murder, and a swiss born korean chick (neutral) is brought in to investigate.

The film unfolds rashoman style where "everybody tells a different story". Took a while to get going but once it did was pretty heartwarming.

Couple north korean guys save a south korean guy who is stuck in north korean field because he feels the wire of a landmine he has just stepped on. The story seemed more complicated than it actually was since not being familiar with the uniforms and such it was difficult at first for me to tell north from south.

Anyway, they save his life and become buddies. It's reminiscent of Takeshi's film "Sonatine" in the way it can flash between ultra-violent and hello kitty cute.

The topic was interesting and reminded me of an article (wish I could remember which one) I read about how north korea is viewed dimly by the rest of the world --except for south korea where the mood is more towards looking at eventual reunification.



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