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CHOSIN: A Documentary Film by Brian Iglesias

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During the Korean War, in the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. troops were surrounded and trapped by 120,000 Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Refusing surrender, the men fought 78 miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees. After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign take viewers on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history. (86 minutes, SD&HD, Stereo & Dolby 5.1) Winner! Best Documentary, 2010 GI Film Festival, "You Will Be Riveted" - NY Times, "Superb" - LA Weekly, "Deeply Moving" - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, "Profound" - Time Out NY, "An Eye Opener"- LA Times, "ChosinBreaks the Mold"- Military Times,

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  • Directors: Brian Iglesias
  • Producers: Brian Iglesias, Anton Sattler
  • Format: Widescreen, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Veterans Expeditionary Media
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EUXN6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By C. Alexander on September 1, 2011
Format: DVD
Really cannot say enough about this documentary. I have seen it at least half a dozen times and each time something different makes me tear up because of how much power is rolled into the 1 hr. 20 minutes of film. Beyond the personal story of the directors (with their sweat & determination to film and donate over 300 hours of interviews to the Marine Corps Museum) the journey captured on screen enlightens all of us about the Cold War - a topic hardly ever discussed in modern day schools, let alone public offices or dinner tables.

Told from the viewpoint of the last remaining living veterans who took part in one of the most decorated battles in US history, Chosin is an Award winning piece of film making that is a must have for any military veteran, history buff, education program, or true blood American.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mibag on August 27, 2011
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Chosin is an excellent documentary that provides insight into the Korean War from the perspective of the brave men who were at the Chosin Reservoir. It is difficult to imagine the conditions under which this war was fought. The documentary captures the essence of the experience without being overly graphic. The Korean war is barely mentioned in most history courses. I highly recommend this documentary for teenagers and adults.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Baba on September 19, 2012
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My dad was one of the Chosin Few. This is the best movie I have seen about the Chosin Few. I wish he could have been interviewed for it. He passed away 08/06/2012. He told me about his experience in 2010. He couldn't talk about it befor then. It pretty much matched what the other men in the movie said. His name was George Stumm Sr. He wass a Marine. Cudos to those who made this movie It was dead on.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By TaeKwonDodo on March 7, 2012
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My parents remember the Korean War vividly. They were young and had just survived Japanese occupation. Brother fought against brother, and families were torn apart. But to this day, my parents will always be grateful to the Americans who came and saved their world, allowed them to pursue their futures and know a life free from oppression-something some of their friends would never experience. It was a war that receives little recognition here, but in the minds of people like my parents, the sacrifice of American soldiers will never be forgotten. Watching a documentary like this one- to see the faces and hear the words of these men- makes me realize that many of us have forgotten the price that many have paid for peace. The documentary's strength lies not in graphic images of death or fighting, but in listening to the memories of these men who endured horrific conditions and frequently overwhelming odds . Most of the film is made up of interviews of these veterans, who bear both physical and emotional scars that are still painful after all this time. Their accounts reveal portraits of bravery and kindness interspersed with suffering of both soldiers and civilians. Yes, this is perhaps a very simplified portrayal - no mention is made of the darker side of soldiers and their actions- but that was not the point of this documentary. We need to learn about those early days of the Cold War and remember those men that allowed people like my parents to live in a world of freedom and democracy. The Korean War remains a chapter in American history that receives little attention, and I hope that documentaries like this one will change that.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By AmazonUser on September 1, 2011
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This movie is intense! As any good documentary should be.. This film took an event that I had previously never heard of and made me understand it better than any other event in history. Highly recommend for anyone seeking a genuine film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Gipson on December 16, 2011
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i never knew my father was at the Chosin until after he died. watching this documentary explained a lot to me about my dad and why he did some of the things he did. i cant imagine going through what he did, seeing what he saw and then being wounded by a mortar blast, and never saying a word about it to anyone. i was amazed to find out he was there and what it had been like for him to go through what he did. i thank the participants in the documentary and all the others who took the time to put all of this together for everyone to see what happened in korea.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. King on May 6, 2013
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This film consists of several veterans of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir telling their stories. The documentary isn't about the maneuvers of divisions and regiments, the logistics, or the strategy of generals. It tells just enough of that to give context to the individual reminisces, and isn't particularly accurate or complete. That's not the point. The documentary is about the experiences of some of the men who were there, fighting a confused battle with enemy in all directions, often fighting in dark of night, standing in boots or socks on frozen ground or dragging themselves across the ice, at 40 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit. They are intimate stories of horrific suffering, lost comrades, and the will to survive. Most of the veterans in the film are former Marines and proud of it, as they should be. Two are former Army Soldiers, members of the 31st RCT that held off the main Chinese attack for four days and left so few survivors to tell the tale that it took historians fifty years to piece it together. All these two Soldiers saw was their little piece of the fight, in which they were wounded and separated from comrades and against all odds made it out alive. The Marines tell of fighting off Chinese human wave attacks, of comrades dying in their arms, of trying to stack frozen corpses, of fighting and marching and enduring bitter cold. It isn't grand history, but it is intimate, horrifying, moving, and more authentic than war portrayed as symbols and arrows on a map.

Some of the language is salty and the stories are brutal, violent, and gruesome. Parental caution is advised.
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