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71 - Into the Fire [Blu-ray] [2010]

Cha Seung-Won , Kwon Sang-Woo , John H. Lee    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cha Seung-Won, Kwon Sang-Woo, Choi Seung-Hyun, Kim Seung-Woo
  • Directors: John H. Lee
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cine-Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049UVAXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Experience a masterpiece of World Cinema with incredible hyper-realistic full-scale battle sequences to rival The Pacific and Saving Private Ryan. On August 11th, 1950, 71 boy soldiers of the South Korean army singlehandedly held back the elite North Korean 766 Commando Brigade for a full 11 hours. Most were still in their school uniforms and had only fired a single bullet in training! Their astonishing bravery under fire enabled allied forces to hold a strategic bridgehead at the Nakdong River and gain a tactical advantage that would help turn the tide of the entire war. Nothing less than the freedom of their nation was at stake. Their ingenuity, tenacity and brotherhood helped them to achieve the impossible. This is their remarkable true story... Now, discover one of the greatest events in modern military history and re-live the day when courage came of age.

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One of the greatest and most moving war films of all time... Prepare to be blown away --Paul Ross, BBC London

Some of the best battle scenes ever seen on screen --BBC 5 Live

Some of the best battle scenes ever seen on screen --BBC 5 Live


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new one to rival 'Brotherhood' 15 Mar 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was looking forward to seeing this one as I am a fan of Korean cinema. This follows in the wake of many other excellent films from South Korea telling some of the stories that came out of their still ongoing civil war.

Once again this is based on `actual events' that took place on August 11th 1950, when a group of volunteer `Student Soldiers' held back a North Korean commando brigade. They are hopelessly outnumbered being only 71 in number and hence the title of the film, but show remarkable ingenuity and tenacity. It is slightly reminiscent of the German WW 2 film 'Die Brucke' or The Bridge,The Bridge (Die Brucke) [DVD] [1959] where school children are left to defend a bridge against overwhelming odds, but this has buckets more action.

The events unfold in a mix of real time and some flash backs which help to create empathy for the main characters, who are all desperately young and most still in school uniforms.

The action scenes are regular and bloody, they have built on the incredible realism that we saw in films like `Brotherhood',Brotherhood [DVD] [2004]and the excellent 'Assembly'Assembly [2007] [DVD] and first came to the fore in the West with `Saving Private Ryan'. Like those films, this is in Korean with English sub titles. I do not want to give away any plot spoilers as this is a rollicking rollercoaster from start to finish, during the more contemplative moments I was actually glad for a breather, such is the intensity of this film.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another War Film Another Review 13 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
As usual i just want to let you the reader know what you get for your money first.The version i am reviewing is the two disc UK Region 2 version.Those of you who like dubbed movies will be disapointed as you can only have the audio in Korean 2.0 Stereo or Korean 5.1 Dolby Digital.The subtitles are also only in English.Being a UK version its not suprising really and my own personal preference is to watch a film in its original language with subtitles so this didn't bother me in the least.There are however a massive 100 mins of extras on the second disc including deleted scenes,behind the scenes,trailers,documentaries and much more.So much so that i have not had time to see all the extras yet so can't comment on the quality of them.So overall the package looks good value for money.
Based upon a true story(how much is true we dont know)it tells the story of 71 student soldiers tasked to defend a small village called Pohang.The rest of the division has left them to go and fight at the major battle of Nakdong river briefly shown in the superior Brotherhood [Special Collector's Edition] [DVD].Of the 71 only three of the student soldiers have combat experience which was usually as ammunition carriers.Despite their handicap they held off the elite North Korean 766 Commando Brigade for an astonishing 11 hours.
As for the film itself i thought it was a very good film with a story that needed to be told.If only to show what we do to young boys when we send them to war.For me it just stopped short of being great though.I would like to have seen another 30 mins on the runtime so that some of the more interesting characters could be explored.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 INTO THE FIRE 14 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
The Story is based on 71 Student soldiers, who fought in the battle at Pohang Girls Middle School on August 11th 1950. The Student soldiers kept the North Koreans back for 11hrs, a key role was played in the Korean and Allied Forces Counterattacks.

Truly amazing battle scences of Saving Private Ryan and Assembly.
A MUST FOR ALL WAR FILM FANS !!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTLEY AMASING. 18 Jan 2011
By Krys
Format:Blu-ray
This is a south korean war film starring some of the best actors from South Korea. Most UK releases of South Korean movies aren't always the best. But this one is just amasing. If any of you know of some of the stars. For e.g.
Kwan Sang woo who starred in the Korean hit tv series "Stairway To Heaven" & "Sad Love Story" Then you will know how good a actor this man is, he has been in many korean dramas and movies but he is very good in this.
Also this i think this is the very first movie that "T.O.P" has been in, i can't remember his name in real life, but in real life he is a member of a korean pop group called "Big Bang" Who are just amasing :D. He does a very good job in this.

This description is quoted word for word from wikipedia.

" Based on a true story of 71 soldier trainees against seasoned North Korean fighters during the Korean War.

A civil war broke out in the 1950s between North and South Korea which changed the country forever. 71: Into the Fire centres on the struggles of 71 student soldiers that fought through the Korean War. Using real people and events, the film exposes the personal and physical conflicts that these students faced when finding themselves on the last line of defence in Pohang girls' middle school, needing to hold out until back up from other Korean troops and the Allies arrived."

I highly recommend this movie, i am going to pre-order it very soon. I reccomend the Blu Ray version so that you can have it in better quality and have this as a keep-sake, since DVD'S will go out of print like the videos did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, now to find more.
This film is amazing, I'm not aware of the events (so cannot vouch for accuracy), but this has definitely made me appreciate Korean cinema just that bit more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Bramwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters are good, neither side were made out to be good ...
I found this a very well made film. The action sequences are well done and realistic. The characters are good, neither side were made out to be good or bad, and there were weak and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Big Orange One
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good film, with the exceptional T.O.P. of Big Bang fame doing a wonderful job of acting. x
Published 2 months ago by Seligor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It made it to the States with no problem. Even with the currency conversion, it was cheaper than Amazon.com!
Published 2 months ago by lajoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Cine Asia
This film is on the same level as Saving Private Ryan. Althouhg its based on real events, The battle scenes are excellent and quite graphic
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan G. Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Forgotten War
Basically a south Korean propaganda film of the Korean conflict, but highly entertaining , and enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Born in 47
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
The Koreans definitely know how to make a bloody good war movie plus this is based on a true story. If your into good war movies do yourself a favour and invest in this film as its... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MR P HAGGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Joins my war films collection
This is a great film based on a true story. Full of action, well acted and it more than held my attention throughout. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DC111
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film
I don't normally do war films but this one stars Choi Seung Hyun and i was curious to see how he was an actor. Turns out he is a very good actor! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lady Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
A brilliant true foreign war film. If you don't mind sub-titles this film is well worth a look.Raw recruit teenagers become heroes over a massive experienced army.
Published 21 months ago by Beau
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