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Welcome To Dongmakgol (Malaysia Version)
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Discover the magic of Dongmakgol! Filmmaker Park Kwang Hyeon makes a stunning directorial debut with Welcome To Dongmakgol, a touching tale of war and peace. Gang Hye Jung won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 43rd Daejong Awards for her performance in Welcome to Dongmakgol.

During the Korean War, a platoon of North Korean soldiers are attacked with only Commander Lee (Jung Jae Young, from Someone Special), Private Jang (Im Ha Ryong, Arahan) and kid soldier Taek Ki (Ryoo Deok Hwan) surviving the carnage. After meeting a beautiful young girl named Yeo Il (Gang Hye Jung, from Old Boy), the soldiers follow her back to her village, an Eden-like place known as Dongmakgol.

In this town that time forgot, the locals carry on with their lives, completely oblivious to the fact that the Korean War has been raging on for the last couple of years. Due to their ignorance of the political situation, the villagers see nothing wrong with welcoming two South Korean soldiers, Lieutenant Pyo (Shin Ha Kyun, from Save the Green Planet) and a cowardly medic (Seo Jae Gyung, from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring). Adding an international flavor to the mix is Captain Smith (Steve Taschler), an American pilot forced to make an emergency landing in the mythical Dongmakgol. After an intense confrontation that causes the destruction of the village's prized warehouse, the bitter rivals decide to put their differences aside for the time being, until they can help make up for the loss.

Although initially confused by the villagers attitudes toward life, the soldiers soon realize that they have found a paradise, a safe haven from the world of guns, bombs, and tanks. By interacting with these plain-spoken rural folks, the soldiers' ideas of patriotism and war suddenly get subverted, as they embrace the more peaceful outlook demonstrated by the inhabitants of Dongmakgol. But with the death and destruction of the outside world soon encroaching on the peaceful village of Dongmakgol, can these bitter enemies band together to protect the people that have given them a second chance at life? Based on the play by Jang Jin and featuring a wonderful score by Joe Hisaishi, Welcome To Dongmakgol is a heartwarming, deeply moving motion picture, full of unforgettable imagery and heartfelt sentiment!

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Product Title: Welcome To Dongmakgol (Malaysia Version) 歡迎來到東莫村 (馬來西亞版) 欢迎来到东莫村 (马来西亚版) トンマッコルへようこそ (マレーシア版) Welcome To Dongmakgol (Malaysia Version)
Artist Name(s): Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Kang Hye Jung | Jung Jae Young | Park Kwang Hyun 申河均 (Actor) | 姜 惠姃 | 鄭在詠 | 朴光賢 申河均 (Actor) | 姜 惠姃 | 郑在咏 | 朴光贤 シン・ハギュン (Actor) | カン・へジョン | チョン・ジェヨン | パク・クヮンヒョン 신 하균 (Actor) | 강 혜정 | 정재영 | 박 광현
Release Date: 2006-03-15
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Malay
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004162233

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1950年,一個荒誕動人的故事,發生在一個奇蹟般的村落......

在這樣一個地方,在百花的最深處,在叢林的最隱匿處......

一九五零年間朝鮮戰爭爆發,在韓國東部近太白山上有一個名叫“東莫”的小山村,村里的人都與世隔絕,過著自給自足的生活。有一天,一名美軍機師Smith在該處附近墮機,同時間,來自南韓的軍人Hyun-chul 和 Shang-sang 以及朝鮮人民軍的 Su-hwa, Yong-hee 和 Taek-ki 亦在附近迷路,他們都一同到了東莫村。

三方人馬見面,劍拔弩張,令這群淳樸的村民感到困惑,因為村民們根本對於韓戰爆發毫無所知,只知道這所村莊將爆發飢荒。為了應付危機,他們決定暫時放下仇恨,為東莫村重新耕作以獲取收成。日子漸漸地過去,各方的敵意慢慢消失了,他們都成為了好朋友。可是,快樂的時刻十分短暫,戰爭還在外面進行,並且馬上要降臨到這個小村落裡......。

The Korean War erupted in the 1950s. The villagers of Dongmakgol, a village in the east, situated in the mountains, are oblivious to the war that was raging across the country and led a peaceful life, surviving on farming. A.U.S. pilot named Smith, crash landed on the outskirts of Dongmakgol. In the meantime, two South-Korean National Army soldiers - Hyun-chul and Sang-sang as well as soldiers from the Communist People's Army - Su-hwa, Young-hee and Taek-ki lost their way in the vicinity of the village.

They arrived at Dongmakgol simultaneously.

The intense standoff involving the soldiers from three different sides left the villagers wondering just what all the fuss was about. The villagers do not have a clue that war is ravaging across their country and were only concerned about facing a famine that might affect the village. The bitter rivals decided to put their differences aside for the time being and agreed on a truce to help the villagers work their fields. The soldiers soon found themselves leaving the differences and the sins of the past behind and friendship blossomed between them. But good things do not last and outside forces threatened to destroy Dongmakgol...
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Professional Review of "Welcome To Dongmakgol (Malaysia Version) "

February 17, 2009

This professional review refers to Welcome to Dongmakgol Limited Edition
Welcome To Dongmakgol is a nice film. An extremely nice film. It couldn't possibly be nicer even if you put the whole crew on morphine for the duration. And unlike so many of its genre colleagues, it's a very well-made nice movie.

The odd thing is, though, that it's a nice movie about the insanity of war. Let me clarify what I mean here. It's not a movie about the pain and suffering of war, and how it traumatizes people, as is, for example, Taegukgi (a.k.a. Brotherhood of War). Nor is it about the brutality that must be enacted on people to allow them to kill easily, as is Silmido. It's a movie about the simple fact that war is a really stupid thing to do.

How, you may well ask, does it manage to contain both a lot of niceness and an anti-war message? Very skillfully, and in a very entertaining package. It's funny, in a warm, we're-all-human, sort of way. The message about the dumbness of war is subtle and never hammered: you never feel that you're being preached at, or that the entertainment value is being sacrificed on the altar of politics. It's done by setting a simple story in a war context, and populating it with engaging characters.

The setup is about as simple as it gets, and it's been used before: soldiers from opposing sides meet up in a remote village. The war in this case is the Korean War, and the village is high in the mountains. So high, and so remote, that the villagers don't know there's a war on. They don’t even know what guns are.

This invariably leads to confusion and a humorous standoff. There's a noticeable contrast between the villagers, friendly but innocent, and the soldiers, whose sole job is to kill anyone wearing the wrong uniform. The villagers are understandably more concerned about the fact that wild boars are ripping up their fields than about the fact that some men are shouting a lot and pointing sticks and potatoes (as they see guns and grenades) at each other. And while at first we laugh at what we see as the naivete of the villagers, as the film progresses we begin to realize that it's the soldiers who are acting strangely.

While it's clear that skillful scripting and light-handed direction make this a polished product, what really lifts the film are the performances. Shin Ha-Kyun, an enormously talented actor who's given dazzling performances in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, JSA, and Save The Green Planet, provides a solid center for the film in his role as Lieutenant Pyo. I can't rave about this man enough: the character that could have sunk the film like a lead weight, when animated by Shin becomes the very heart of the film.

Jung Jae-Young, as Commander Lee of the North, performs a similar miracle. In the wrong hands, Lee could have become either a two-dimensional action hero or a shallow loser, but Jung fleshes out his character in unexpected ways. And, of course, there's the luminously goofy Kang Hye-Jung, last seen in Old Boy, who turns her crazy girl role into a combination of Puckish sprite and ethereal butterfly.

There's some fine visual work, too. The wild boar scene is a wonderful piece of semi-fantasy that teeters on the edge of parody but never quite drops over. The whole scene is conducted entirely in slow motion, alternating shots of the enormous CGI animal pursuing various soldiers, with shots of villagers looking frightened, or amazed, or giving directions ("take it that way").

I could continue enthusing indefinitely, but I shan't. I shall only say that Welcome To Dongmakgol was hugely successful in Korea for a reason. See it, and you'll understand what I'm talking about. It's funny, it's sad, it's warm and fuzzy, it's a gem of Cinema polished to a brilliant shine.

10 unexpected caches of weapons out of 10

by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

May 6, 2008

This professional review refers to Welcome to Dongmakgol (DVD) (Korea Version)
Korean cinema gets a much-needed shot in the arm with Welcome To Dongmakgol, an exhilarating, transcendent anti-war film that marks the impressive directorial debut of filmmaker Park Kwang Hyeon. Set amidst the backdrop of the Korean War, this box office and critical smash explores the converging paths of a group of bitter enemies, who find more than they bargained for in the peaceful mountain village of Dongmakgol.

This accidental "gathering" begins when a U.S. pilot named Smith (Steve Taschler) crash lands on the outskirts of Dongmakgol, and is taken in by the locals, who despite some hilarious language difficulties, try their best to make the American feel right at home. Smith is soon joined by the last surviving members of a doomed platoon of North Korean soldiers - Commander Lee Su Hwa (Jung Jae Young), Private Jang (Im Ha Ryong), and patriotic teen soldier Taek Ki (Ryoo Deok-Hwan), all of whom end up following a spaced out villager named Yeo Il (Kang Hye Jung) back to the village. Of course, the North Koreans get a little hot under the collar when two South Korean soldiers – Lieutenant Pyo Hyun Chul (Shin Ha Kyun) and the comical medic Moon (Seo Jae Gyung) – show up at the peaceful hamlet as well. The villagers, who don't have a clue that war is ravaging the country, are left wondering just what all the fuss is about.

After an intense standoff involving the soldiers that quickly turns hilarious thanks to the bewildered, matter-of-fact reactions of the villagers, a stray hand grenade ends up destroying the village's food stores in a popcorn-infused blaze of glory. Realizing the severity of their actions, the two sides form a tentative truce, agreeing to help the villagers restock the warehouse. Although puzzled by the villagers' way of life, the soldiers soon understand that they have found a kind of utopia, where ideology means nothing and the sins of the past can be left far, far behind. But just as they start to settle into this peaceful new world, outside forces threaten to destroy Dongmakgol. Yet even if the soldiers can join forces to protect their new friends, will they survive? Will Dongmakgol?

Based on the play by Jang Jin and featuring a score by Joe Hisaishi, Welcome To Dongmakgol is a total film experience – you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll definitely be engaged, that's for sure. It's the kind of anti-war film that feels neither heavy-handed nor facile. Despite its Korean setting, it's not so much a movie about Korean reunification, but instead focuses on the idea of peace in general, using the North and South conflict as a way to point out the absurdity of war. But again, it does so without preaching.

What is perhaps most striking about Welcome To Dongmakgol is its ample use of humor and magical realism to weave its charming little tale. Although "serious" in its message, the film balances its more sober aspects with a healthy dose of comedy. In some ways, the film feels like a successful gag-a-minute comedy, whose jokes are too numerous to mention here, but never seem to fall flat. One standout sequence in the film is the impromptu slow-motion boar hunt, which left this viewer and perhaps the entire theater as well, laughing for the entirety of its duration. Again, it's something that has to be seen to be believed, and it's a credit to the filmmakers (and the actors as well) that they would include such an over-the-top CGI-laden interlude (one that wouldn't look out of place in Kung Fu Hustle), yet still retain the overall realist bent. Part of the reason for this has to be because the scene serves a purpose beyond eliciting chuckles – it marks the beginning of true camaraderie between the rival soldiers. And besides, by that point, Welcome To Dongmakgol can do no wrong.

The performances are pitch-perfect, from the leads down to the supporting cast, with Jung Jae Young's conflicted North Korean commander and Kang Hye Jung as the childlike Yeo Il being the standouts. And while Americans are usually given the short shrift, even Steve Taschler's Smith (or "Su Mi Su" as the villagers call him) figures heavily into the narrative, becoming an active participant in the plot even though his character has no idea what anyone is saying. Within the time allotted, the filmmakers do their best to make the characters well-rounded, particularly the soldiers.

Although Park Kwang Hyeon cites Miyazaki as an influence (a visible one in the film, to be sure), there's another Japanese filmmaker that he echoes, particularly in the rousing finale. When the men end up strapping on their weapons and fighting the good fight for the sake of the village, the sequence calls to mind Seven Samurai. But rather than feel perfunctory or contrived, there's a sense of true fellowship that comes right off the screen thanks not only to the performances of the actors involved, but all that has come before. It's a triumphant conclusion, even in its inevitably tragic outcome.

Ultimately, watching Welcome To Dongmakgol is an experience that mirrors the feelings of the characters it depicts. Like the soldiers in the film, the audience will likely find that they don't want their time in Dongmakgol to end. I certainly didn't, and am eagerly awaiting the next film from its talented young director. If it's even half as good as Welcome To Dongmakgol, then it'll be worth the wait.

By Calvin McMillin

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (15)

Micha
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June 24, 2015

This customer review refers to Welcome To Dongmakgol (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)
Bad subtitles Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
I quite like this film. The music is great and it has a nice Ghibli kind of mood. But for non-korean speakers: don't buy this blu-ray! The subtitles (not sync and poorly translated) make it nearly impossible to enjoy the film. Strange, because I don't remember having such troubles watching the korean dvd.
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August 9, 2006

This customer review refers to Welcome to Dongmakgol Limited Edition
Well done! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I finally got around to seeing this movie, and I went in without any real expectations (good or bad) and overall, I enjoyed it. The production values were great! Lots of good special effect jobs and plenty of beautiful scenery/scenes... I didn't even care that lots of it was compltely unrealistic. The action was suspensful, but at times it might seem a bit long depending on what mood you are in, but I think that the movie flows well enough that you aren't worried about other events that could be happening and all you want to do is focus on whats on the screen. I only have a few complaints... one, of course, being the low quality of the english-speaking characters. I didn't mind Smith so much (minus a few VERY poorly pulled off lines) as I was bothered by the incredibly cheezy military banter. Another very minor comparison I must make is that I thought that JSA did a better job at developing the relationship between the two different sides, but you still might shed a tear near the end.

Bottom line: A well directed action/comedy/drama with some good acting (and some bad acting), beautiful scenery, and well included special effects. It's a movie that will remind you how innocent life can be and how cold the world can seem.
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May 28, 2006

This customer review refers to Welcome to Dongmakgol (DVD) (Korea Version)
Refreshing!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film has a very charming and refreshing feel to it. At first I was kinda skepticle but then the flow of the action to calm and the great music too. Includes some laughs like that boar! Though it also offers some tears. Great movie!!
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May 23, 2006

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great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Great movie between north korean, south korean, and american friends...everything pretty much flowed well. Didn't really like any of the american actors, but other than that great story superb acting.
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March 27, 2006

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Magnificent hymn to peace Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film is about peace, loyalty, fraternity and friendship. All these values are the basis of humanity. The environment and cinematography have made possible to create a fairy and idyllic dreamland, where the human beings could live in peace, and that will be broken only by the reality of a meaningless war. It's easy to recognize, and it's actually declared by the author, an inspiration from the Miyazaki Hayao's themes. There is no a real antiamericanism, but a sincere antiwar feeling (that comes a bit from the division of the two Koreas, a problem always vivid for the Korean people). This film is deep and touching, it makes you laugh (it's also very funny), it makes you cry, and, most important, it makes you think to the useless of the bloody conflicts between human beings. Great! Wonderful! Deserving (for me too) the Academy Award
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