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The Front Line [DVD]

Ha-kyun Shin , Soo Ko , Hun Jang    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Ko, Je-hoon Lee, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-seok Go
  • Directors: Hun Jang
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cine-Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GDKW7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Experience breath-taking action sequences and heart-wrenching performances in this critically acclaimed Korean box-office smash-hit.

In the final decisive battles of The Korean War, the battle-worn armies of North and South Korea face a brutal deadlock on the rugged Aerok Hills. Fears of treachery and collusion with enemy forces trigger an investigation into the men of the South Korean Alligator Company. A veteran intelligence officer accepts the assignment and discovers mysterious and tragic occurrences surrounding a former comrade he had long thought dead.

In the epic battle for survival that follows, the two men become locked in a deadly battle of wills. One will sacrifice his humanity for the sake of his brothers ; the other will discover compassion in the agonies of war. Ultimately, both will be forced to fight side-by-side, so their loved ones can enjoy freedom for just one more day...

Special Features:

- Dolby Digital Korean 2.0 & 5.1 with English Subtitles
- Audio Commentary
- Trailer Gallery
- Making of
- Aero-K Making of Pre-Production
- A Daily Record Of Battle Making of Production
- Ceasefire Agreement Production Design


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The Front Line..... 2 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Assured Band of Brothers Style Drama" is the bold claim on the front cover and unlike most films that make these claims this one actually delivers the goods and only just falls short of the now legendary Band of Brothers.
It's no surprise really that this was South Korea's official entry in the 2012 foreign film category of the Oscars.
The Koreans sure know how to make a good war film,in fact it seems that most non English speaking countries are now leading the way in producing first class war films,leaving Hollywood in its wake.
I usually have a good moan about what's on the disc but not today.There are a mountain of extras to get through on the two discs which equates to good value for money.The only drawback is that there is no dubbed option for people to choose.As I have stated in previous reviews that I prefer to watch foreign films in their original language with subtitles anyway so this didn't bother me(I like to hear an actors tone and infliction).The subtitles are clean,concise and well placed on the screen if a little out in translation at times.

In the waning days of the Korean war both battle worn armies are facing a deadlock on the foreboding Aerok Hills which are continually changing hands amidst brutal fighting.The hills are of vital strategic importance to the upcoming signing of the peace treaty and both sides want the hills.When the South fear their soldiers are colluding with the enemy they send a senior CIC officer up to the front line to investigate.When the CIC officer arrives he is greeted by an old friend he had long thought dead.As the investigation unfolds the collusion is explained and the CIC officer has to re evaluate his ideas of war and of what is right and wrong in wartime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Yes another Korean War film about, yes, the Korean War and why not because they do make them so well. This one is about the last battle or properly battles that took place in the dyeing embers of that sad conflict (that is still officially not ended). All hills were strategic and Aerok Hill is one such command and has been taken and lost at least thirty times by Alligator Company of the South Korean Army.

Then their captain winds up dead and it is found that he has been killed by a South Korean bullet, yet he was reported K.I.A (killed in action), so a keen young Lieutenant of the Defence Security Command Kang Eun-Pyo is sent to the Front Line to investigate. On his arrival he finds the place in disarray and the man who has been in leading the men is an old friend Kim Soo-Hyeok (also supposedly K.I.A.) There is also a replacement Commander who from his corpulent appearance, has not spent much of the war on `exercises' unless that was to the kebab shop.

Kang Eun-Pyo starts investigating and starts to uncover small things but is generally met with a wall of silence. At the same time the truce negotiations rumble on but hostilities are not allowed to end - rather like World War I. So the killing continues and boy do we get a lot of that. Not only in battle but in the caves and the activities of some very cruel snipers. Korean films have garnered a reputation for making excellent war films, `Brotherhood', '71, Into The Fire' and `Assembly' and this is another to add to that list of quality if emotional films.

The action is frequent and top notch, it can be fairly bloody too and sometime quite personal. There is as ever a plethora of characters, with the seventeen year old green recruit to the gnarled veteran from the War of Liberation of WW II.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Korean made war film 28 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
Yet another example of how Hollywood & all the other major studios could learn a thing or 2 about how to make a war film.
The cinematography is just breathtaking, the film well acted & special effects brilliant - I can heartily recommend this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 20 April 2013
By StuBod
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My first Korean made film...ordered on a "whim" as I have run out of other good war movies to watch, and the reviews all looked good.

I have not been disappointed. Excellent acting, good story, fantastic production values...at least equal (and possibly beyond), anything from Holywood.

Even reading the sub-titles did not distract from watching this film...

..if you think you may like it, I am confident you will...buy it and enjoy.

A rare treat to find such a good quality film that I had not even heard of until it came up on my Amazon "suggestion" list. I am now off to buy some more Korean films....

Stu
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hamburger Hill II 26 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray
I can't remember that much about 'Hamburger Hill' except that they kept fighting to take a south-east asian hill, then lost it again then took it again and so on, and lots of them got killed in the process.

This is the same film, except it's Korea, and it's equally forgettable.

Band of Brothers it definitely is not - ignore the hype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korean war film without parallel (pun intended) 17 Sep 2013
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as another reviewer has commented, Korea can make an excellent war film both in the battle scenes and credible gripping story well acted. Kind of a home-grown retelling of 'Pork Chop Hill' in the sentiment of a futile target fought over peace negotiations. However, other reviewers have detailed the plot already. Suffice to say that I have seen several Korean films now & not been disappointed. I find I am buying more and more 'foreign' films & subtitles & original dialogue is fine by me as - being a bit deaf- I always use subtitles anyway even with English language films and TV. I have bought Russian, Polish, Danish, French, German, Italian, Finnish, Swedish & Norwegian war films and AMAZON makes a wide choice readily available - both modern and classic titles. KEEP THEM COMING!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lookable
Seen better war movies, but was worth a look, price was in the right price bracket

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Thomas Whelan
Published 11 months ago by Mary Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing
This is one of the best war movies I have seen and I have seen quite a few in my 66 years of life.

I took a punt because it is not in english but the sub titles do not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by warrio
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for one viewing
interesting
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bought it a long time ago so may watch it again

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Published 15 months ago by Graham Grieves of photosman.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent war movie, with very original, solid scenario and good...
I was surprised and impressed by this highly original and very well interpreted South Korean film - and I believe it is one of the best war movies I have seen ever (and I saw A LOT... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid war movie
In the tradition of Tae Guk Gi, a very well crafted war film, with good combat sequences and the very special action feeling that korean war films seem to be gifted with. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Enzo Cortesi
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome film
i bought this movie just as a spur of the moment "something to watch later", and i have to admit that it is one of the best films i have ever bought. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SieraGulfOne
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
I BOUGHT THIS AS I HAVE A FEW KOREAN WAR MOVIES ALREADY (71 INTO THE FIRE ,BROTHERHOOD.) AND LOVED THEM SO ORDERED FRONTLINE,.
VERY HAPPY TO SIMPLY SAY ANOTHER GREAT MOVIE. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Neil Armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary last 12 hours.
This movies, as most Korean war movies, is quite interesting. The level of realism is impeccable. The location and the acting as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Santamaria Torrecillas, Miguel Angel
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