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The Whole World Is Telling Us To Fight – Silenced and The Front Line

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As I wrote last week, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (Koffia) managed to smuggle some excellent, if not harrowing, crime films into the country, and fill me with an existential angst that has begun manifesting itself in increasingly troubling ways, such as the purple mohawk that I’m now sporting. I’m going through some stuff (I’d also like to take a moment to apologise to my neighbour about her late dog, Jabba the Mutt – I don’t know what came over me, but I now have some post-its stuck on all the knives in my house reminding me not to use them to hurt animals).

While The King of Pigs and Bleak Night were both set in high schools, and prominently featured social hierarchies, bullying and the general misery of being in high school as their central tenets, the films I’ll be looking at in this
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The Pigs That Are Their Food – The King Of Pigs And Bleak Night

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The Korean Film Festival in Australia (or Koffia, the acronym they’ve mercifully given me so that I don’t have to type out “The Korean Film Festival in Australia” too many times. I am not paid by the word, which is clearly why I’m so concise with any tangents and diversions within my pieces, and only stick to the most pertinent of assertations and never crowd the parentheses) has played its second year in Melbourne, and, as I can often be found yelling to people on the train, Korea currently has some of the most exciting filmmaking in the world. On top of the generally excellent pedigree, they’ve also been making what I would say is some of the most innovative and uncompromising crime films since America was doin’ it right back in the ‘70s.

This year’s line-up looked like it may not appeal to my tastes,
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The Front Line: U.S DVD review

Director: Hun Jang. Review: Chris Sawin. It's 1953 and The Korean War wages on. Negotiations for a ceasefire have been going on for over two years, but nothing has come of it. The South Korean group of men fighting at Aerok Hill is known as Alligator Company. Their commander was said to be shot with a gun from his own side and Intel says there's a spy residing in their midst. First Lieutenant Eun-Pyo (Ha-kyun Shin) of the Defense Security Command is sent to look into it. Once there, Eun-Pyo is reunited with his best friend from college Su-Hyeok (Soo Go) who Eun-Pyo thought had died at the beginning of the war. But Su-Hyeok is not the man he used to be as his humanity has been stripped away, he doesn't think twice about killing anyone, and has somehow moved up in rank to Lieutenant in just two short years. But
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The Sound On Sight Debate on Korea’s ‘The Front Line’

The Front Line

Directed by Hun Jang

Written by Sang-yeon Park

2011, South Korea, imdb

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South Korea’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards The Front Line is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 27th. We thought that we would ask two of our staff to watch the film and argue their way through it on Twitter. Defending The Front Line is Edgar Chaput, who writes our weekly Shaw Brothers Saturday column. Attacking The Front Line is Michael Ryan, who rather to his own surprise became our go-to-reviewer for Korean films during last year’s Fantasia Film Festival and a dab hand at writing about himself in the third person. Their original debate has been slightly edited and reordered to improve grammar and flow.

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Michael: The Front Line is about a Korean counter-spy, Kang Eun-pyo (Shin Ha-kyun) in the dying days of the Korean War sent to
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The Front Line / Go-ji-jeon (2011) Movie Trailer: Hun Jang

The Front Line Trailer, Go-Ji-Jeon Trailer. Hun Jang‘s The Front Line / Go-Ji-Jeon (2011) movie trailer stars Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko, and Je-hoon Lee. The Front Line‘s plot synopsis: “Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues. A race to capture this strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. At the Eastern border stands the “Alligator Company,” known to be the best soldiers on the front line.

They are the only unit to have survived the worst battle of the war at Pohang. When a South Korean bullet is found in the dead body of a company commander, Lieutenant of Defense Security Command Kang Eun-Pyo (Shin Ha-Kyun) is ordered to investigate Alligator Company for the murder.
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