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.Kang 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.
Cast & Credits
Probably the strongest point of the movie is the cinematography. Battle scenes are tasteful but tremendous; the scenes done 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.
I can not even imagine how to define this film, and I have seen many war movies, I assure you that it is among the best, as intense as the consequences of war. The induction of "The Front Line" impresses, anyone who enjoys it at home theaters will feel the same way it felt when watching "Saving Private Ryan (1998)"!
A film that focuses not on the horrors but the emotions repeatedly on what appears to be an endless battle. The acting is beyond incredible, especially the brothers, and does not show that their enemies are the worst on the planet, but that the war itself and who leads them and are what make this conflict. Hun Jang went beyond the war, showing scenes you would never or rarely expect to see, and is remarkable because you will remember this movie for a long time. A great movie.
"The Front Line" makes you get involved as the characters, it makes you feel all kinds of emotions, but the last half hour will make you feel and reflect things you never knew could happen in a war. The film addresses many aspects of "Legend of the Patriots" so not mentioning it would be an injury as both are exceptional.