Tae-jung and Seung-young are old junior high classmates. They are reunited when they are assigned to the same army base for their military duty. While Tae-jung is a sergeant near the end of his army service, Seung-young enters later as a private and has a hard time adjusting to army life, which is all about orders and obedience. Tae-jung, in a position of authority, is able to make Seung-young's life easier, buteven after time passes, Seung-young is still unable to adjust to the army routine and he becomes more and more isolated from his fellow soldiers. Even Tae-jung is constantly put in awkward situations because of him. Then, after Tae-jung has been discharged, Seung-young slowly starts to change... Later, while out on leave, Seung-young asks to meet with Tae-jung. However, Tae-jung seems to feel uncomfortable around him...
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As for I myself being subjected to hierarchical society and thus being a subject of bullying in College(It has a more definite term, Ragging), I always wanted to know the real face of military service in Korea, where if anything, social hierarchy is much more prominent. It is a very sensitive issue and not many films or anything are made to deal with this, all I knew Rain and Jae Wook linking arms together and smiling brightly can't be the whole picture.
It's a slow paced movie with two character on it's focus, Tae Jung and Seung Young, in real life they are junior school mates but in service they have a hoobae-sunbae relationship. How this polar opposite characters, one being all sorts of manly and other rather sensitive, awfully just and 'feminine', tackles their life in and outside service. There is also a third character, Ji Hoon, annoyingly dumb junior of Seung Young.
This movie is made as a graduation thesis film by director Yoon Jong Bin who also played the role of Ji Hoon (applause), so it's not as technically polished as some would like it to be. But it's honest to it's core, it's not a negative portrayal of Military service, it seeks to know the price these boys pay while they were shut aside in a dark, unjust corner for a part of their life.