Front Line [DVD/Blu-ray Combo]
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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
South Korea's submission for the Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, deservingly won a passel of honors. --NY Times
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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recording was very badly done, stop and go stop and go throughout the movie. No subtitle towards the end.Published 2 months ago by edward w mallman
A great war movie that highlights the Korean War and the struggles the soldiers went through. If you like movies like Saving Private Ryan with a lot of action and drama you will... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam
I ordered this for my husband, who really enjoyed the action-packed story.Published 5 months ago by Ann
Great movie that has well developed fictional characters who make difficult, rational decisions during the Korean War. Yeah, I loved it. These movies are rare these days.Published 6 months ago by Jeff Wade
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