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The Front Line (DVD) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Ko Su (Actor) | Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Ko Chang Seok (Actor) | Jang Hoon (Director)
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Winner of Best Film at the 48th Daejong Film Awards, The Front Line brings audiences to the final battlefield of the Korean War, the mad scramble for a small scrap of land of strategic significance. Another critical and commercial success for Secret Reunion director Jang Hoon, the gritty war movie is scripted by JSA author Park Sang Yeon, and shares similar themes to JSA about camaraderie among enemies at the North-South border. As in his previous films, Jang Hoon again excels at bringing out brotherhood and humanity amid the harsh reality of war and survival. Popular actors Ko Su (White Night) and Shin Ha Kyun (Thirst) star as lieutenants on the front line, along with a cast of soldiers that includes Ryu Seung Ryong (Battlefield Heroes), Ko Chang Seok (Rough Cut), Lee Je Hoon (Bleak Night), Ryu Seung Soo (Second Half), David Lee (Poetry), and lone actress Kim Ok Bin (Thirst), who holds her own as a North Korean sniper.

A ceasefire has been declared in the final days of the Korean War, but this only marks the beginning of an endless battle to capture strategic points that will determine the future border between the two Koreas. On the front line, South and North Korean battalions fight relentlessly over a small hill that changes hands between the two sides practically everyday. In the midst of the battle, a South Korean commander is found dead, indicating there may be a mole in the company. Sent to the front to investigate the matter, intelligence officer Kang Eun Pyo (Shin Ha Kyun) is surprised to find that his old friend Kim Soo Hyuk (Ko Su) is not only leading the troops, but a far different man than the weakling he once was. Soo Hyuk and his willful unit are a strange, rule-bending bunch, and Eun Pyo soon experiences himself the futile fighting and tacit amity between soldiers on the front line, caught in a deadly war of attrition as the days count down to ceasefire.

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Product Title: The Front Line (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 高地戰 (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 高地战 (DVD) (马来西亚版) The Front Line (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 고지전
Artist Name(s): Ko Su (Actor) | Shin Ha Kyun (Actor) | Ko Chang Seok (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Ryu Seung Soo (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Lee Je Hoon (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) 高修 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 高昌錫 (Actor) | 金玉嬪 (Actor) | 柳承修 (Actor) | 柳承龍 (Actor) | 李帝勳 (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) 高修 (Actor) | 申河均 (Actor) | 高昌锡 (Actor) | 金玉嫔 (Actor) | 柳承修 (Actor) | 柳承龙 (Actor) | 李帝勋 (Actor) | Lee David (Actor) コ・ス (Actor) | シン・ハギュン (Actor) | コ・チャンソク (Actor) | キム・オクビン (Actor) | リュ・スンス (Actor) | リュ・スンリョン (Actor) | イ・ジェフン (Actor) | イ・ダウィ (Actor) 고 수 (Actor) | 신 하균 (Actor) | 고창석 (Actor) | 김옥빈 (Actor) | 류승수 (Actor) | 류 승룡 (Actor) | 이제훈 (Actor) | 이다윗 (Actor)
Director: Jang Hoon 張勛 张勋 チャン・フン 장훈
Release Date: 2012-06-29
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031121621

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Director: Hun Jang

Towards the end of the Korean War an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills fierce fighting continues. A race to capture a strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize.

A bullet is then found in the body of dead company commander of the South Korean army. The bullet that killed the company commander belongs to the South Korean army. Lieutenant of the Defense Security Command Kang Eun-pyo (Shin Ha-kyun) is ordered to go out into the Eastern front line and investigate the murder. When Kang Eun-pyo arrives in the Aerok Hills he is surprised to find his old friend Kim Su-hyeok (Ko Soo) commanding troops in the Aerok Hills. Kang Eun-pyo believed Kim Su-hyeok was dead.

In their younger years, Kim Su-hyeok was a meek student, but he eventually became the leader of Aerok Company as a lieutenant. The situation in the Aerok Company raises many flags in the eyes of Kang Eun-pyo. Soldiers wear North Korean uniforms inside due to the cold weather; a 20-year-old leads troops as a captain and the reappearance of his old friend Kim Su-hyeok. The countdown to the ceasefire begins as the lives of countless soldiers fall to the wayside...
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Professional Review of "The Front Line (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

December 8, 2011

This professional review refers to The Front Line (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
The Front Line is the latest blockbuster film to tackle the tough subject of the Korean War, this time revolving around the battle for a strategically placed hill during the final days of the conflict. Directed by the talented Jang Hoon, who debuted with the excellent Rough Cut and whose Secret Reunion was one of the best and most popular Korean hits of 2010, the film features a script by author Park Sang Yeon, best known for the Park Chan Wook helmed JSA. Dealing with similar themes of brotherhood and duty, the film has a cast of top Korean stars, headed up by Ko Su (White Night) and Shin Ha Kyun (Thirst), along with Ryu Seung Ryong (Battlefield Heroes), Ko Chang Seok (Rough Cut), Lee Je Hoon (Bleak Night), Ryu Seung Soo (Second Half) and David Lee (Poetry), with Kim Ok Bin (Thirst) as the sole female on the battlefield. The film was another huge success for Jang, scoring big at the box office and bringing home Best Film at the 48th Daejong Film Awards.

Taking place as the Korean War is drawing to a close, the film begins with Shin Ha Kyun as South Korean intelligence officer Kang Eun Pyo being sent to a hill right on the disputed new border between the North and South, where an officer has been found dead in suspicious circumstances. Charged with uncovering a North Korean mole, Eun Pyo is surprised to find the battalion guarding the hill to be a seemingly undisciplined gang of rejects, led by his old friend Kim Soo Hyuk (Ko Su), who he had thought killed in a skirmish earlier in the war. The more time he spends with the men, the more he comes to understand the horror of their situation, and despite the fact that the war is nearly over, it becomes clear that further conflict and needless sacrifice are inevitable.

Given that there have been a great many similarly themed Korean War films around of late, The Front Line was always going to need to be pretty special to stand out. Thankfully, former Kim Ki Duk protege Jang Hoon is easily one of the most interesting directors working in Korea at the moment, and he does a fantastic job of mixing commercial sensibilities with gritty depth, backed by a fantastic script from Park Sang Yeon. Whilst most such films tend to either go the route of slow motion epic action or comradely melodrama, The Front Line successfully works in a bit of both, starting off as a mystery themed character piece, Eun Pyo's investigation into the mole providing a neat introduction to the madness and moral ambiguity of the soldiers' situation. The never ending, back and forth battle for the hill makes for an apt and powerful metaphor for the insanity of war in general, a struggle for an essentially useless piece of land, which sees countless men losing their lives, used coldly as meaningless pawns by the uncaring authorities.

Through this the film explores the cost of war, not only in terms of the loss of life, but more specifically the loss of humanity, pushing the men to do whatever it takes to survive. The film is a markedly compassionate affair in this respect, taking an even handed view of the supposed enemy, making good use of a plot device which sees the two sides exchanging notes and booze through a hidden drop box. At the same time though, it never shies away from the harsh reality that the two sides are there to kill each other, hammering home during the last act in particular the cruel fact that the best anyone can really do in war is hope to survive, and that the vast majority will not - the characters often reflecting that a soldier's duty is simply to die when and how he is told. Thanks to the skilful and effective characterisation in Park's script, although the film has a large cast, most of the soldiers are recognisable and sympathetic, something which makes the incredibly harsh and bleak last act all the more hard to take.

At the same time of course, despite its determination to present war as a pointless and glory free slog through the mud, the film also packs in some very spectacular set pieces, with several breathtaking mass battle scenes as soldiers swarm towards the hill under waves of friendly fire US air bombing. These sequences inevitably result in the supporting cast being decimated, though thankfully while the film is bloody at times it steers mostly clear of Saving Private Ryan style slow motion gore and flying entrails. Jang is a director with a keen eye, and the film is visually impressive throughout, making great use of light and shadow and the changing weather to create the sense of the soldiers being trapped in a hellish purgatory of a no-man's land with little hope of escape.

Although grim, The Front Line rings tragically true, and is arguably the best of the recent bunch of epics about the Korean war and one of the very few to capture its madness without too much melodrama or showboating. Well deserving of its success, it should be enjoyed beyond fans of the genre, and sees Jang Hoon cementing his reputation as a director of the highest calibre.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Front Line (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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January 28, 2012

This customer review refers to The Front Line (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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another good korean war movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've never been disappointed with korean war movies. This one didn't let me down either. This movie really shows the meaning of sacrifices must be made especially if the team is to survive. In this movie. A good commander is a dead commander. An endless battle over a hill that keeps exchanging ownership changes the view of soldiers longing to go home. North or south. both tired and both wanting to go home eventually find a way to share some peace with one another without ever meeting. A ceasefire agreement that isn't valid until hours before a deadly final seige. the outcome? makes you wonder if there is any difference between the separated country.
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