Swing Kids

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In this swinging musical drama set during the Korean War, the soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract both themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of war. Led by a former Broadway dancer and a rebellious North Korean soldier, the band of prisoners find a new sense of freedom in dancing.

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Critic Reviews for Swing Kids

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

  • By the end, fancifully snappy dance numbers vie with grisly bullet ballet for top setpiece honors: Kang stages both with aplomb, leaving audiences caught between crying and cheering.

    Dec 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • "Swing Kids" is such a dizzying, anachronistic mash-up of genres and cultures -- tap-dancing musical, violent war movie, social-justice drama, and slapstick comedy -- that it deserves respect, even if it falls short as it strains to cover all these bases.

    Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Though a bit longer than necessary, the movie tells an engaging, enjoyable story, peppered with impressive dance numbers.

    Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The plot's light and dark elements... start clashing halfway through this overlong feature and never resolve.

    Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film does for the Korean War what Life Is Beautiful did for the Holocaust - it injects verve and fun into very grim subject matter.

    Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Combining the harshness of war with the exuberance of dance seems like mixing oil and water, yet ... [Swing Kids] is all at once powerfully evocative, undeniably charming, and completely heartbreaking.

    Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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