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Northern Limit Line (2015) (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Lee Wan (Actor) | Jin Goo (Actor) | Kim Moo Yeol (Actor) | Lee Hyun Woo (Actor)
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On June 29, 2002, while all of South Korea was swept up in World Cup fever, gunfire was being exchanged at the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime boundary between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea. In what is known as the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, North Korean vessels crossed the Northern Limit Line and opened fire on South Korean patrol boats. The engagement resulted in fatalities and casualties on both sides, including the deaths of six South Korean officers stationed on the Chamsuri 357.

Directed by Kim Hak Soon (Rewind), Northern Limit Line takes audiences to Chamsuri 357 on that harrowing morning when a standard patrol turned deadly and the young soldiers onboard rose to the occasion to defend their country with their lives. Lee Hyun Woo (Secretly, Greatly), Kim Moo Yeol (War of the Arrows), Jin Gu (The Admiral: Roaring Currents), Lee Wan (Once Upon a Time in Seoul) and Lee Cheong Ah (The Five) star in the blockbuster war drama.

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Product Title: Northern Limit Line (2015) (DVD) (US Version) 延坪海戰 (2015) (DVD) (美國版) 延坪海战 (2015) (DVD) (美国版) Northern Limit Line (2015) (DVD) (US Version) 연평해전
Artist Name(s): Lee Wan (Actor) | Jin Goo (Actor) | Kim Moo Yeol (Actor) | Lee Hyun Woo (Actor) | Lee Cheong Ah (Actor) 李莞 (Actor) | 晉久 (Actor) | 金 武烈 (Actor) | 李玹雨 (Actor) | 李清娥 (Actor) Lee Wan (Actor) | 晋久 (Actor) | 金 武烈 (Actor) | 李玹雨 (Actor) | 李清娥 (Actor) イ・ワン (Actor) | チン・グ (Actor) | キム・ムヨル (Actor) | Lee Hyun Woo (Actor) | イ・チョンア (Actor) 이완 (Actor) | 진구 (Actor) | 김무열 (Actor) | 이현우 (영화배우) (Actor) | 이 청아 (Actor)
Director: Kim Hak Soon Kim Hak Soon Kim Hak Soon キム・ハクスン 김학순
Release Date: 2015-10-20
UPC Code: 812491016640
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: South Korea
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: Well Go USA, Inc.
Package Weight: 122 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044666130

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June 29th, 2002. As the citizens of South Korea celebrate the FIFA World Cup, the North Korean navy sends two patrol boats to a disputed border in the Yellow Sea. The surprise attack on Battleship 357, now remembered as the Battle of Yeonpyeong, honors the men who bravely fought for freedom - on the Northern Limit Line.
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Professional Review of "Northern Limit Line (2015) (DVD) (US Version)"

February 4, 2016

This professional review refers to Northern Limit Line (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)
Northern Limit Line, directed by Kim Hak-soon (Rewind) is a blockbuster focusing on the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, a 2002 incident which saw North and South Korea facing off in a bloody sea battle in the disputed area of the title. The film had a long and troubled production history which resulted in it taking some seven years to make it to the big screen, largely due to a third of its budget having to be raised by a Kickstarter campaign after the original investors dropped out. The effort paid off in the end, as the film was not only critically praised, winning several nominations at the Grand Bell Awards, but pulled in over six million admissions during the usually quiet June period, marking it as one of the year's biggest hits.

Starring Lee Hyun-woo (Secretly, Greatly), Kim Moo-yeol (War of the Arrows), Jin Gu (The Admiral: Roaring Currents), Lee Wan (Once Upon a Time in Seoul) and Lee Cheong-ah (The Five), the film takes place in June 2002, a time when the entire South Korean nation was caught up with the Korea Japan World Cup, following a young bunch of soldiers tasked with routine patrols of the Northern Limit Line marking the maritime boundary with the north in the Yellow Sea. Things turn unexpectedly serious one morning when a pair of military boats from the north cross the line and open fire, forcing the inexperienced crew of the Chamsuri 357 to dig deep and find the courage to fight back and defend their country.

Northern Limit Line is quite different to the usual war blockbuster, and although it does have all the expected nationalistic bluster, Kim Hak-soon clearly tries to focus on the lives of the young soldiers, the first two thirds of the film spending most of its time following them about their everyday lives, dipping in and out of subplots and relationships. This works well enough, although some of the social nuances are likely to be a bit lost on non-Korean audiences, and the characters are generally convincing and likeable, the film winning points for avoiding any obvious hero figures. At the same time however, while there's something to be said for this level of character investment, the first two acts are overstretched, clocking in at well over an hour, and the film does have the feel of a TV special during several stretches, meaning that the attention of some viewers may wander.

Thankfully this does pay off during the last forty five minutes or so, when Kim really kicks things up several notches, and the film gets surprisingly bloody and harrowing once the maritime battle begins. Blessed with some impressive production values, the film successfully achieves a balance between the spectacular and the gritty, considerable effort having gone into depicting the terrifying realities of conflict, which are hammered home through some shocking and visceral scenes that do a great job of putting the viewer in the shoes of the understandably confused and terrified young mean. These scenes are well-shot and never gratuitous, and while most viewers likely won't care too much about the individual fates of the characters, there's real tension as they're put through the wringer, and a considerable gut-punch when some of them meet their grisly ends. This combines well with the earlier stages of the film to underline the pointlessness of war theme that Kim is aiming for, and does so without ever getting too preachy or heavy-handed.

Though this isn't quite enough to make Northern Limit Line a truly great film, it's arguably one of the better and more thoughtful war-themed offerings from Korea of late, and an effective statement about the ways in which everyday people inevitably end up bearing the brunt of such conflicts. Kim Hak-soon directs with a steady hand, and while some judicious trimming and editing would definitely have improved matters, there's still enough here to engage and entertain.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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