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Joint Security Area () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more In the end, peace and Sgt. Oh are preserved hiding the truth in her report. said about the plot, the better to insure your full enjoyment, surprise and emotional connection. The ending is so incredibly sad. J.S.A. Joint Security Area is director Park Chan -wook's breakthrough feature film to unveil what the real relationship between the soldier from the North played by Song Kang-ho and the soldier from the. Joint Security Area's humanist message is universal, but extremely relevant to will land, while Lee is fully aware of the beating heart on the receiving end. . of the investigatory and antagonistic nature of her relationship with the soldiers.
They are not special in any way. None of them is a secret agent. None of them have entered into the friendship for spying purposes.
There is no deep conspiracy occurring. While Major Sophie Jean's investigation proves that a cover-up had occurred, the natural reaction - that one or both sides was doing something hidden and secretive in order to gain advantage over the other - is proved to be far too complex. The fact is that four soldiers became friends - they became, in Australian parlance, close " mates ".
Yet the reality that is the divided Korea eventually destroys this close friendship. Despite the crossing of the Bridge of No Return and spending time with one another, they remain formal enemies. More than that, they are also professional soldiers, and act accordingly. This fact is borne out in a scene where Lee and Nam are doing a live fire exercise with cut-out figures of North Korean soldiers being shot at by the South Koreans.
In this scene, Nam and Lee begin to wonder whether Oh and Jeong have become their friends in order to capture them or kill them or for some other horrible purpose. Lee, however, makes his final judgement - "they saved my life", referring to the landmine he had been standing on.
There's no more to be said. They cannot have any evil purpose - they saved Lee's life. At that point it is Lee's turn to shoot at the target. All three bullets strike the target, once in the head, and one through each eye. The message here is clear - these people are soldiers, and soldiers will do their duty.
They will make split-second decisions based upon their training. Even though the four soldiers are friends, they will, given the opportunity and the circumstance, react like soldiers. Sadly, like Romeo and Juliet, the film is a tragedy. The friendship that is normal amongst people can be destroyed by the power of beliefs and attitudes and results in death.
While Nam and Lee can walk back and forth over the Bridge of No Return, they can longer return to what was before. On the one hand, their attitudes have changed towards one another.
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On the other hand, the system that controls them has not changed, and will deal with any problems accordingly, including the actions and reactions that have been drilled into the four soldiers. The use of Major Jean's character helps give the film a subtle twist. When the film starts she is the clearly identifiable main character Lee and Oh, silent and sullen at the film's beginning, have their characters developed more fully as the film progresses.
Major Jean right interviewing Lee's girlfriend. One important part of the plot early on involves Major Jean interviewing Lee's girlfriend as she is preparing for a show - she is a dancer for a children's concert. During the interview she innocently reveals that, while she and Lee are "not serious", she likes him because of his friendship with Nam, who is her brother.
When Jean asks her further about this, she confirms that Nam and Lee are close friends - a fact which eventually leads Jean to place Nam in the guardhouse at the time of the killings.
This particular scene is notable because of its use of masks. The dancers backstage are putting their costumes on for their children's performance.
Lee's girlfriend is dressed as an ape and, after revealing the information about her brother, Nam, to Major Jean, she places the ape head on and goes out with the other dancers to perform their routine.
The camera then has a side focus, showing the dressed up dancers performing, with Major Jean shown backstage. The juxtaposition is clear. On one side we have a person who is investigating a murder mulling over some important information. On the other side we have a series of dancers in animal dress performing happy dance routines for children. The scene itself is a microcosm of what probably occurs within South Korean society.
In order to cope with the continual threat posed by the North, one solution is to ignore the threat, put on a happy face and do your routines. Yet this is not enough. The director, Park Chan-wook, probably inserted this scene as a challenge to the Korean viewers.
Is it right to keep the truth from escaping? Is it right to depict the North as evil and the South as good? Is it right to cover up in the pursuit of happiness? Another theme that runs throughout the film is the use of lines - borders that you are not meant to cross.
We have the concrete line dividing North and South at Panmunjeom that is continually guarded by North and South alike, facing off at one another in a parade-ground like stance. One scene has Oh and Lee facing one another, with Oh remarking humorously that Lee's shadow is now on the North Korean side.
We have the metal line across the Bridge of No Return marking the same border. When Lee convinces Nam to walk over it for the first time to meet Jeong and Oh, Nam hesitates and begins to doubt. While the two argue, the camera remains focused upon the metal divide on the bridge and the boots of Nam and Lee facing each other from either side. A South Korean Border patrol chase a rabbit.
But the Rabbit has already been caught by the North - held here by Private Jeong. If there is one scene which encapsulates the film, it is when a North Korean and a South Korean patrol meet in a snowy wilderness. The border divides them clearly, as seen in the background. A face off ensues, with the North Koreans pointing their guns towards the South, and the South Koreans pointing their guns towards the North.
The face-off between North and South. Suddenly the squad leaders of both sides walk out to meet one another. Sergeant Oh is the Northern Squad leader, while Lee remains at the rear while his squad leader goes out to meet Oh. The Squad leaders exchange cigarettes. The two do not talk. Instead, as they approach each another they each pull out a packet of cigarettes to offer to one another.
They both stand, with an implied border between them, not talking, but smoking together without rancor or threats. Eventually they finish and walk back to their units, who then return to their patrols. It is an interesting scene. It is both threatening and humourous. The men on each side point their weapons in a real show of military strength.
Meanwhile the leaders of the two get together for a wordless smoke. This is yet another juxtaposition that the film portrays. Moreover, it is a microcosm of the entire North-South relationship - threats, real danger, hatred, suspicion, and a cordial yet ultimately useless relationship between the leaders of North and South.
Moreover, despite the real threats and the danger, the two units move off without incident - in the same way North and South still manage to keep the peace. But while there is a lack of war, there is also a lack of relationship.
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Something that we see in Lee's reaction in this scene to seeing both Oh and Jeong. While his fellow soldiers remain poised for action, Lee lowers his rifle unconsciously - he knows that no threat exists.
He is then upbraided by a fellow soldier for being lax in his duty, and raises his weapon again. Lee's actions betray his thoughts - peace is more than just lack of war, it also involves relationship. Lee lowers his weapon because he knows that Oh and Jeong have saved his life - they are no longer a threat to him. This saving of Lee's life implies the beginning of the relationship. Finally, the four soldiers in their friendship refer to one another as "brothers". Pointedly, both Oh and Jeong manage to convey their distaste of the word "comrade" and embrace the use of "Brother".
North and South may still be separate, but they are still brothers. The film holds out some hope that one day the two nations may be one again. Despite these wonderful themes, the film does have a number of problems - especially for English speaking viewers.
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For starters, the English subtitles in the film do not fully convey the meaning behind the Korean dialogue. I also watched some of the film's documentary, and in that doco they included scenes from the film. I noticed almost straight away that the documentary used more complex English words in the subtitled movie scenes than were used in the actual film's subtitles. Although the temptation may be there to simplify the film for us dumb westerners, the fact is that those who appreciate sub-titled films are more likely to appreciate the use of more complex words.
Although this may seem slightly "alien", the fact is that the film will always be "different' because it is spoken in Korean. Japanese cinema often shows the dangerous unity of clan, kin or country in the face of crisis.
In Korean cinema, brothers are often divided whilst, around them, a fractured society threatens and fights itself. Sometimes the violent resolution of the country's famous stand off promises mutually assured destruction, as is presented symbolically at the climax of Attack The Gas Station! In other films it can appear as part of an action thriller Shirior as the basis of a recent war film Taegukgi,and so on. In the more profound JSA, national division provides a starting point for an examination of the human condition, as soldiers on either side of the line discover what it is to establish warm, normal interaction - even at terrible cost.
Jean works for the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission. Previously her superior has warned her that her real job is not to investigate, "who, but why," and that "the outcome is less important than the procedure. In fact the opening scenes, containing the harsh protocols for her work, are the least satisfying of the film. A fact exacerbated by the poor spoken English of actress Lee and the woodenness of her Swedish companion. It is only once the viewer enters the experience of the soldiers - a process gradually revealed through a number of sometimes-gnomic flashbacks - that JSA becomes interesting.
JSA was a controversial success in Korea. Belief is building that Moon and Kim may reach agreement in the talks on denuclearising the Korean peninsula. A dozen workers have been working inside and around the grey three-storey building, including renovating the entrance, which had been covered with blue vinyl.
But as relations froze over the past decade, the building has usually been vacant.Joint Security Area OST - Those Who Are Forgotten
Jacquelene Elise Van Pool, chief of community relations at the United States Forces Korea, noted that the North Korean delegation may walk across the border in a gesture of reconciliation. The first and second floors of the Peace House are made up of meeting rooms, while the third floor has a dining area, said Van Pool, who explained that entry to the building was prohibited for security reasons.
The corridor walls had been repainted and security features added, officials said. In total, six buildings were built straddling the borderline in the JSA.