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JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) Reviews

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½ July 27, 2017
Strong commentary on the division between North and South Korea, the forces behind it, how ordinary people see each other on both sides of the border.

As in other Park Chan Wook movies, the plot line is conveyed through flash backs and reveals itself in twists and turns.
½ July 16, 2017
No time like the present to watch this mystery-drama that takes place in the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea. However, despite the apparent focus on the tensions between the two states, threatening to ensnare the whole world, the movie is actually a John Woo-styled look at male bonding across an insurmountable divide (political rather than legal). Director Chan-Wook Park (whose biggest hit is the notorious Oldboy, 2004) plays with both time and truth, delivering us different versions of the pivotal event (the killing of two soldiers in the North's gatehouse by a lone Sgt from the South) in flashback based on the legal depositions of those who survived and then on both memories and confessions. A half-Korean member of the Neutral Nations investigation team (from Switzerland) interviews all of the men involved on both sides of the border; she follows the usual rulebook but is compromised in the end. Park's direction is always stylish and he uses a variety of camera moves to keep things interesting (such as a quick pan from character to character). There's less action than you would think but tension is maintained until we reach the requisite five-way armed stand-off. Apparently, Tarantino loved this film and you can see why in the plotting (but not the dialogue). Kang-Ho Song (excellent in Joon-ho Bong's Memories of Murder, 2003) is charismatic as the North Korean Sgt but all of the four male principals are solid.
½ January 11, 2017
A brilliant story told in a brilliant way. It might get a little messy at some points, but is worth seing anyway!
January 1, 2017
Une autre perle du réalisateur Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) , Joint Security Area propose un scénario complexe et intelligent et des personnages intéressants. A voir
December 30, 2016
Chan-wook Parks debut movie, is very interesting, showing off the border between south and north Korea, were the soliders are starting to socialise and crossing the barrier. Ending in a double murder, a big investigation is put up to solve this unsual case. The storyline is twisting and powerful, crafted in a smart manner, making it a puzzle.
January 23, 2016
A heartbreaking, but still hopeful movie, with nice acting and an excellent plot.
December 6, 2015
JSA is both a crowd pleaser and deeply sentimental film. Some people might think that it's an underdeveloped commercial film but considering the storyline and early direction work of Park Chan Wook, its a great effort to make film on such sensitive matter and be neutral after all.
Every interaction of both side soldiers is so intense and convincing that one holds his breath and waits for something to go wrong as it's all in flashback. Over the years many movies have taken inspiration from NSA. Two sequences are worth praise, the first one where three soldier meet at mine field and final one when all four are by chance in one snapshot taken by a tourist. Very strong and active screenplay and very good performances.
November 18, 2015
Sublime, so many layers to the movie.
Like other Korean films I have seen, it values substance over Hollywood style. "Korean Shakespearean"
A must see!
½ September 22, 2014
Suspenseful but not very enthusiastic...
½ April 1, 2014
Chan Wook Park's early films doesn't really reflect the recent weird and gory tales he's known for. Yet this film is compelling to watch. That's what I like about Korean films, they tackle different subjects out of the usual. This time in the JSA of the DMZ. It doesn't go with the historical agressions in the area, but goes somewhere fictional and ideal. In this fim we also see some nationalistic propaganda in bringing the two countries together. Hidden as a crime story, it brings out a good war drama about brotherhood and patriotism. A must watch.
March 10, 2014
This just goes to show you Chan Wook Park will not be pigeon holed into any one particular style or genre when he's got the depth and range to tackle them all! He not only tackled it he got a Touch Down!
½ March 6, 2014
Not as fantastic as Oldboy, but quite good. More grounded than all his other films, for sure.
December 4, 2013
Smart, powerful mystery that becomes so much more than advertised. I expected a machismo action flick, but it's a heartwarming and tragic drama about friendship, intertwined with politics and the boundaries of powers. How politics can get in the way of humanity. Really smart, interesting flick. Well acted.
½ November 22, 2013
A very good work from chan wook. Without a second thought i can place it in the list of top 50 movies of 21st century. Liked it more than vengeance trilogy which makes it the best Korean movie (imho) so far I have watched. Im giving it a plain 9/10.
November 7, 2013
A well-executed, gripping murder mystery that begins with the ending (chronologically) and then goes back and tells the story of North Korean and South Korean soldiers who became friends and how it led up to the murder. There is a strong sentimental tone in the telling of the friendship, yet a dark mystery surrounding what really took place at the scene of the crime. The combination of feel-good and dark tones give it the characteristic flavor from director Chan Wook Park. The ending is also really heart-wrenching. I can imagine the final frame made some viewers cry. This is excellent storytelling that uses the basics and avoids the bells and whistles of intense action, effects, or even a score.
November 2, 2013
Not a bad movie but it was more dramatic than expected. Still, good movie.
July 12, 2013
Really fantastic movie............so sad though......lets you see how ridiculous the world is and it's not the people, it's those in charge.
April 24, 2013
Suka sekai karya Park Chan Wook satu ini ... Kuat !!
April 12, 2013
Absolutely fantastic, engrossing, emotional, thought provoking Korean drama/mystery from Chan-wook Park. A killing takes place during an incident between North Korean and South Korean soldiers in the Joint Security Area of the DMZ, and a neutral team is brought into investigate. The film is much more of a drama than a mystery, and explores the complicated relationship (political and emotional) between North and South Korea. This is truly a Must See film. Excellent stuff. Interesting side-note: South Korea's President presented a DVD of the movie to Kim Jon-Il during their summit in 2007.
April 6, 2013
Montre l'absurdité de cette séparation de la corée décidé par des politiques et non voulue par les peuples.
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