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Joint Security Area

Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA

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Directed by Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2000
Drama, Thriller, War
      Korean
      English

Synopsis

After a shooting in the DMZ leaves two North Korean military officers dead, a South Korean sergeant stands accused. With both sides offering radically different accounts, it’s up to a Swiss-Korean envoy to unravel the twisty truth.

Our take

Before he came to international attention for his Vengeance Trilogy, cult auteur Park Chan-wook revealed his talent with this fraught DMZ drama. Comic book compositions and a crackling energy done right, Joint Security Area tackles the charged subject of the border between North and South Korea.

Synopsis

After a shooting in the DMZ leaves two North Korean military officers dead, a South Korean sergeant stands accused. With both sides offering radically different accounts, it’s up to a Swiss-Korean envoy to unravel the twisty truth.

Trailer
Joint Security AreaDirected byPark Chan-wook
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
2001
Seattle International Film Festival
2001 | Winner: New Director's Showcase Special Jury Prize
Hong Kong Film Awards
2003 | Nominee: Best Asian Film

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