Silmido (2003)





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When North Korean soldiers attempt to assassinate the president of South Korea, the latter government responds by dispatching its own team of trained killers, only to leave them hung out to dry as ice cold tensions between the two nations begin to thaw. The year was 1968. An attempt on their president's life narrowly averted, the South Korean government responds to the threat by assembling a team of expendable civilians, and training them to become cold-blooded killers. Their target: North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. But just as the soldiers prepare to carry out their daring mission, a chance for reconciliation presents itself to the leaders of the two feuding nations. Now, with their operatives still active and in the field, the South Korean government denies any knowledge of the mission, leaving the trained assassins to fend for themselves behind enemy lines.
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Seol Gyeong-gu
as Kang In-chan
Sung-kee Ahn
as Commandant
Kyung-gu Sol
as Kang In-chan
Ahn Sung-ki
as Gen. Choi Jae-hyeon
Jun-ho Heo
as Sgt. Jo
Kang Shin-il
as Geun-jae
Im Weon-heui
as Weon-heui
Eom Tae-weon
as Weon-sang
Kang-woo Kim
as Min-ho
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Based on true story, this Korean military/political drama is perhaps one of the best Korean movies of all time (after Taegukgi). Seriously, South Korea needs to promote more movies like this, instead of the plethora of melancholic/heartbroken romance tripe that make up the majority of Korean pop culture today.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

Silmido is a great action war film in the style of Full Metal Jacket meets the Dirty Dozen. Based on a true event in South Korea, the narrative is equally engaging and compelling. Its cast of many give this film a very badass persona and fasinating development. It also feels it could dwarf any Michael Bay or Tony Scott epic actioner any day cause if its craftmanship that give it a distictive hollywood action flavour. Just get all those fake Auteurs to look at this and then they'll realise Story and drama are more important than action specticle. A Highly recomended action film!

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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Korea's answer to The Dirty Dozen. Intense, violent and politically stylized.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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