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  • Actors: Shin Ha-Kyun, Ko Soo, Soo Go
  • Directors: Hun Jang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076XTIWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In February 1951, in Korea, while the armistice negotiation still faces difficulties, the battle continues in the Eastern front line, on the Aero.K. A company commander of the South Korean army dies in battle, and the bullet found in his body belongs to the South Korean army. Lieutenant of the Defense Security Command KANG Eun-pyo(SHIN Ha-kyun) is sent to the Eastern front line to investigate if this is related to any collusion with the enemy. In the Aero.k, Eun-pyo meets his old friend, KIM Su-hyeok(KO Soo), whom Eun-pyo thought was dead. Once a soft-hearted student, Su-hyeok has been promoted to a lieutenant from a private in two years, and he is now practically the leader of the "Alligator Company." In contrast to their fierce reputation, the Alligators sometimes wear the North Korean army's uniform over their uniforms as a protection to cold weather. And a twenty-year-old captain leads the troops. All these raise doubts about the Alligators.

While Eun-pyo is confused by his old friend and the suspicious company, he and Su-hyeok are sent to retake the hill. But due to the new company commander's risky strategy, the unit faces a huge crisis. They manage to escape by the strategy of young Captain SHIN Il-yeong(LEE Je-hoon) and Su-hyeok. The company commander is irritated by the Alligators who are always against him. He threatens to kill Sergeant OH Gi-yeong(RYU Seung-soo) who disobeys his order while they are battling against the Chinese army. Right at that moment, Su-hyeok shoots the company commander without hesitation. Su-hyeok and his troops are not startled to see their superior die before their eyes. Eun-pyo is taken aback by the situation.

Winner of 4, 2011 Grand Bell Awards including Best Film and Best Cinematography

South Korea's #2 highest grossing film in 2011

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Excellent...Strong Assured 'Band of Brothers' Style. --Entertainment Weekly

South Korea's submission for the Academy Awards, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, deservingly won a passel of honors. --NY Times

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This is one of the best war movies ever made.
Eric Sanberg
The message here is that no one - despite their predilection for goodness and mercy - escapes war without consequence, a grim message indeed.
E. Lee Zimmerman
The acting was superb, the war effects so well done and a great story line too.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Koreans know a thing or two about war. While the Korean War lasted from 1950 - 1953, the nation remains divided into the Republic of Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea even today, a source of constant tension between the two peoples. It's hard to imagine the stress and discord created between families broken apart due to living on opposing sides of the 38th Parallel, but films like THE FRONT LINE can offer citizens of the world a look back at the final moments of a struggle still creating divisions even today.

THE FRONT LINE primarily deals with the various battles surrounding Aerok Hills, a hilly, cave- and trench-filled area where the fiercest battles result in the large piece of property changing hands between the two nations several times. A South Korean company commander turns up dead, but, when the body is examined, he's found to have been killed by one of his nation's weapons. Defense Security Lieutenant Kang Eun-Pyo (played by Shin Ha-kyun) is sent to investigate the affairs of Alligator Company. Once there, he learns that a former soldier/friend of his, Kim Soo-Hyuk (Go Soo) - a man he long thought dead - is still alive, and Kim's actions may very well be close to the mystery of what's happened at the front. Assuming Kang can survive the battles long enough, he may learn the shocking secret of what drove a soldier to turn on his superior ... a secret that may prove better left unknown.

The film is a powder keg of action, intrigue, and drama as it explores not only the complex relationships that these soldiers develop in their respective times of crisis but also delves deeply into what it means to sacrifice for one's nation. The audience is introduced to all of Alligator Company, and they're shown with all their beauty and scars.
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"He said our enemy wasn't commies, but the war itself." Toward the end of Korean War Lieutenant Kang Eun-Pyo is sent to investigate a murder on the front lines. He reaches the area called Aerok Hill where the fighting is most intense. Soon after the truth is reveled a cease fire is signed and the two sides rejoice. But the war is far from over. This war movie interested me more then most of the recent ones. The main reason is that my grandfather served in the Korean War and there hasn't been a lot of movies made about that war. I was interested to see the stuff he refused to tell me about. After watching this I can see why. The movie is a Korean movie so the entire movie deals with a platoon of South Korean soldiers and their struggles. I have said before that for better or worse every war movie since it's release is compared to "Saving Private Ryan", and I never thought a movie could top that one. This is as close as I've seen and in some ways may be better. This is far and away better then "Letters From Iwo Jima" but like both of those movies you are so involved with the characters it is no longer a movie of nameless faces dying but people you feel a connection with. This movie makes you feel all kinds of emotions but the last half hour will make you feel things you never knew you could. Another example of how much power a movie has when it's done right. I highly recommend this movie. Overall, one of, if not the best war movie I have ever seen. I give it an A.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Yes another Korean War film about, yes, the Korean War and why not because they do make them so well. This one is about the last battle or properly battles that took place in the dyeing embers of that sad conflict (that is still officially not ended). All hills were strategic and Aerok Hill is one such command and has been taken and lost at least thirty times by Alligator Company of the South Korean Army.

Then their captain winds up dead and it is found that he has been killed by a South Korean bullet, yet he was reported K.I.A (killed in action), so a keen young Lieutenant of the Defence Security Command Kang Eun-Pyo is sent to the Front Line to investigate. On his arrival he finds the place in disarray and the man who has been in leading the men is an old friend Kim Soo-Hyeok (also supposedly K.I.A.) There is also a replacement Commander who from his corpulent appearance, has not spent much of the war on `exercises' unless that was to the kebab shop.

Kang Eun-Pyo starts investigating and starts to uncover small things but is generally met with a wall of silence. At the same time the truce negotiations rumble on but hostilities are not allowed to end - rather like World War I. So the killing continues and boy do we get a lot of that. Not only in battle but in the caves and the activities of some very cruel snipers. Korean films have garnered a reputation for making excellent war films, `Brotherhood', '71, Into The Fire' and `Assembly' and this is another to add to that list of quality if emotional films.

The action is frequent and top notch, it can be fairly bloody too and sometime quite personal. There is as ever a plethora of characters, with the seventeen year old green recruit to the gnarled veteran from the War of Liberation of WW II.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
Format: DVD
It's 1953 and The Korean War wages on. Negotiations for a ceasefire have been going on for over two years, but nothing has come of it. The South Korean group of men fighting at Aerok Hill is known as Alligator Company. Their commander was said to be shot with a gun from his own side and Intel says there's a spy residing in their midst. First Lieutenant Eun-Pyo (Ha-kyun Shin) of the Defense Security Command is sent to look into it. Once there, Eun-Pyo is reuinited with his best friend from college Su-Hyeok (Soo Go) who Eun-Pyo thought had died at the beginning of the war. But Su-Hyeok is not the man he used to be as his humanity has been stripped away, he doesn't think twice about killing anyone, and has somehow moved up in rank to Lieutenant in just two short years. But Alligator Company is hiding something that lies within the events that occurred at Po-hang and has left their current commanding officer Captain Il-Young (Je-hoon Lee) addicted to morphine.

Despite being a fan of horror, blood and guts, and explosions, war movies have always been the oil to my water. No matter how hard you stir or shake the two of us together we just don't mix and have decided to see other genres because of it. It's not that I think war movies are bad. They just haven't appealed to me in the past and every one I've tried to watch up until this point has been okay at best. Maybe it's because I'm getting older or that I'm beginning to notice more during movies, but The Front Line makes me reconsider that opinion and those feelings.

Ha-kyun Shin won me over as a fan with his performances in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and No Mercy For the Rude, so my expectations for the acting in this went up a few notches once I noticed him on-screen. Thankfully, those expectations weren't let down.
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