Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) - Comedy, Drama, War

Hohum Score

12

Watchable

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Kwang-Hyun Park
Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ha-kyun Shin
Length: 133 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 2 out of 37 found boring (5.4%)

One-line Reviews (13)

Huge Hurrah must go to the film director Park Kwang-hyun for his breathtaking work, as he showed us a decent valiant epic drama which leaves no one bland.

A waste of Time..Really. .

The natural scenery is quite stunning and the CG, a brilliant sequence with a wild boar and a rain of popcorn, is very well done.

Predictable story, childish lines, uninspired digital effects, boring characters, ridiculous foreign actors and so it goes.

The battle scenes are chaotic, brutal and intense, in the vein of Saving Private Ryan, with strong emotional impact following the humanity seen from everyone.

This beautiful antiwar film is stunning to look at (hats of to the DP), well acted, and nicely directed.

Wow was i wrongThis film is politically based but mythically set, get past the war and into the ethos of dongmakgol and you have a far more enjoyable film.

The simple life of the villagers, and the life they lead soon starts to lull the protagonists into believing they've been there for years!

With their guns empty, the three men follow the girl, Yeo-il, to Dongmakgol.

The storyline gradually draws you in, remains unpredictable throughout, and closes with a big finish that works really well in contrast with what's come before.

The unexpected encounter causes an armed standoff that lasts for several days.

The emphasis is on the characters, their unpredictable encounter and the situations that make possible for them to become friends and maybe even companions.

I highly highly recommend it to fans of beautiful cinema.