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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049UVAXS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2012
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This review contains some limited SPOILERS.

The story described in this film really happened. On 11 August 1950, during the battle of P'ohang-dong (part of the crucially important campaign of defense of Pusan perimeter), a group of 71 South Korean hastily conscripted teenagers fought an 11 hours battle against the attacking North Korean 766th Independent Regiment of Infantry (in fact a reinforced batallion of light infantry).

The South Koreans made their stand in and around the building of a high-school for girls (civilians were previously evacuated). The position they were holding protected the flank of South Korean main force, which was at that moment already heavily pressed by the main North Korean attack and awaited reinforcements to counter-attack (they ultimately arrived at the end of the day). The defenders had for all weapons their rifles (semi-automatic M1Garands), hand grenades and Molotov cocktails, with one 60 mm light mortar as their only support weapon. North Koreans were lightly armed and poorly equipped to attack even an improvised position (no artillery, no air support, no mortars, no flame throwers) but were much, much more numerous (maybe as much as 800) and many of them had fully automatic weapons (PPSh-41 submachine guns) and they carried also some Degtyaryev DP light machine guns.

After the failure of the first attack North Korean commander committed a platoon of BA-64 light armoured cars. When the second attack failed even worse, North Koreans engaged finally also a couple of T-34/85 tanks. At the end of the fighting 48 young South Korean students were laying dead. North Koreans however suffered much heavier losses and even more critically, they lost the one thing that can NEVER be recovered - crucial time...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. H. J. Palmer on 13 Mar. 2011
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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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