The Front Line

The Front Line (2011)

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In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line.
Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. read moreKang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that's been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that's more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

  • Native title:

    고지전
  • Also Known as:

    Gojijeon; Battle of Highlands

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Jun 10, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
While skimming Netflix for something to pass the time, I noticed this war piece starred both Shin Ha Kyun and Go Soo. This pushed me, along with an interest in the subject, to give Gojijeon a try. I'm glad I did, because I spent the next two hours entertained despite some minor issues.

Probably the strongest point of the movie is the cinematography. Battle scenes are tasteful but tremendous; the scenes done read more on the infamous hill were especially eye-catching and must have been difficult to film. Some of the scenery ended up being quite beautiful as well, which is sad considering so much fighting went on in those areas.

Go Soo and Shin Ha Kyun definitely carried the performance aspect of Gojijeon between them. Shin is always a pleasure to watch and brings any character to life with ease, but Go Soo was shockingly compelling. He played Soo Hyuk with intense complexity, often making me question how I felt about his character: was he right or wrong? Also, the interaction between the two felt natural...which is great since a good chunk of the story rides on their characters and their involvement with one another. I have to say the rest of the cast was somewhat forgettable just because their characters weren't as necessary or developed. There were several familiar faces if you often watch Korean drama, though.

My only real gripe with this film is that occasionally it would feel preachy. This is definitely an anti-war film, and you can really feel the atmosphere of futility the conflict had. Usually the subject was handled with grace, but on the instances it was not, I felt as though I'd been pulled out of the story briefly. Other than that, though it's been done before in other films, it's always nice to see a non-American focus on the Korean war during this time period.
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    Syranus Mar 28, 2016 - edited

    Have you watched Comrades? Did you like it? If you did, then you'd like this one, too.
    Watch for the climax and ending. This movie is a kick-ass.

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    moonlightmys2 Jan 7, 2016 - edited

    anyone can recommend where I can watch this with eng sub? thanks.

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      Lavande Feb 18, 2016

      dramanice, epdrama and lots of other pages have it :)
      just watched it on dramanice and the quality was very good.

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      moonlightmys2 Feb 21, 2016

      thanks so much :)

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      Lavande Feb 22, 2016

      you're welcome :)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jul 20, 2011
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 13 min.

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    8.4 (scored by 311 users)
  • Ranked:

    #238
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