Joint Security Area Movie Review Summary

Actors: Yeong-ae Lee, Ha-kyun Shin, Kang-ho Song

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JOINT SECURITY AREA is a Korean movie co-written and directed by Chan-wook Park in 2000. This picture was nominated for the Golden Bear of the 2001 Berlin Film Festival and must absolutely be rediscovered.
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The setting is a sensitive point on the 38th parallel dividing the two Koreas. Two North Koreans soldiers have been killed during the night. A Swiss lawyer is sent in the DMZ in order to find out what has really happened that night as the reports of the survivors, a North Korean and a South Korean, are contradictory. It's a hard job for the young woman who must prevent that the situation deteriorates between the two countries.

After several questionings of the survivors, she will finally understand that the guards had become friends over the months and that they regularly met on the northern part of the frontier. But there are still unanswered questions. For instance, who else was present at the checkpoint when the shooting began?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   managing/preventing conflict with other nations Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Murders of set profession?    -   soldiers Kind of mystery?    -   amateur citizen investigator Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   military on trial

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Other Asian


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   the Koreas Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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