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Joint Security Area(공동경비구역 JSA)

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Korea

2000

1h 50m

Director Park Chan-wook

Starring Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Lee Young-ae, Kim Tae-woo

Genre Action, Drama, Thriller, War

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In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by a South Korean soldier. But found on the scene are 16 bullets when the assassin’s gun should hold 15 bullets. A neutral party comes to investigate, suspecting that there has been a cover-up.

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Variety by Derek Elley

Despite its merits, is neither an art movie nor an out-and-out, propulsive actioner like "Shiri."
60

TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

A blockbuster hit in Korea, Park's feature debut is a beguiling mix of the generic and the unfamiliar, and it ends on a shot that's nothing short of heartbreaking.
50

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Scenes of the probe are less successful. They feel contrived, and actress Lee Yeong-ae is not especially effective as Major Jang.

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