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JSA - Joint Security Area (공동경비구역 JSA)

공동경비구역 JSA (Gong-dong-kyeong-bi-goo-yeok JSA)

Directed by Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)

Screenplay by , , ,

Action Comedy Drama Mystery War

108min | Release date in South Korea :


A firefight occurs at the “Bridge of No Return” in the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone), and two North Korean soldiers are killed. The North claims that the incident was a flagrant attack by the South Koreans, while the South claims that one of their soldiers was kidnapped. In order to solve the dispute, the NNSC (Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission) dispatches half-Korean half-Swiss Army Intelligence Bureau officer, Major Sophie E. Jean. With no cooperation from either side, the case appears to be unsolvable. However, Major Jean discovers that the number of bullets fired from the pistols and the number found at the scene differ by one, and she begins to dig deeper into the backgrounds of the soldiers involved. Subsequently she finds out about an encounter previous to the firefight when North Korean soldiers saved a South Korean soldier from a mine. The story unravels to reveal a friendship developing among the soldiers. On the night of the firefight…

International Film Festivals

2005 Cinemanila International Film Festival , KOREAN FOCUS
2006 Paris Cinema , New Korean Cinemas
2004 Las Palmas De Gran Canaria International film festival ,
2002 Newport Beach Film Festival ,
2001 Berlin International Film Festival ,
2001 Moscow International Film Festival ,
2001 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ,
2001 Deauville Pan Asian Film Festival ,
2001 Udine Far East Film Festival ,
2001 Seattle International Film Festival ,
2001 Fantasia Film Festival ,
2001 Melbourne International Film Festival ,
2001 Durban International Film Festival,
2001 Stockhom International Film Festival


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  • Song Kang-ho's New Movie 'Secret Reunion'

    2010/01/17, Source,
    In an interview at a hotel in Sokong-dong, actor Song Kang-ho said, "First of all, I could easily identify my own personality with the character I played in the movie ‘Secret Reunion' better than in any of my other movies. The character of Han-kyu in Secret Reunion seems to me to be a mix of previous characters I played before, including Doo-man ("Memories of Murder") and Kyung-pil ("JSA - Joint Security Area"). I think that my character Han-kyu is a unique character, but I also used several of my previous characters from my other movies to influence the character 'Han-kyu'. I see my role as Han-kyu to be an assorted gift of my acting experiences for my fans. I tried to show the essence of my acting through Han-kyu and to express him as a father and a husband in his daily life, even though Han-kyu is an agent of the National Intelligence Service (laughing)". Song, who has gained growing popularity and recognition for his acting credentials, plays Han-kyu, a former agent of the NIS in the movie "Secret Reunion", which is the second movie by director Jang Hoon, whose first project as the main director was "A Movie is a Movie". "Secret Reunion" will be released on February 4.,...More
  • Kang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts

    2010/01/06, Source,
    From left, actor Song Kang-ho, director Jang Hoon and actor Kang Dong-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 2009. [Lee Ji-hyuk/10Asia] A former South Korean intelligence agency official and a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. In most films, such a setting would end as a tragedy or result in a clash of ideologies as was the case in films "Shiri" or "JSA - Joint Security Area". These characters, who have been trained for the good of their country, will confront each other brutally or will have to face numerous conspiracies as was the case with the NSS agents in KBS TV series "IRIS". But "Secret Reunion" is a film which seems to be set on providing a new form of enjoyment through its characters. Unlike its poster showing a resolutely determined Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won, a preview video revealed at a press conference for the film on Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel drew frequent bursts of laughter from the audience. Lee Han-gyu (played by Song) who looks better as the owner of a detective agency than the national intelligence service from which he has been expelled, and North Korean spy Song Ji-won (played by Kang) who still flaunts his outstanding looks on screen despite the director's efforts to do his best to "make him not look like a model", start living together for different purposes. Lee employes Song to win a prize money given for catching spies and Song starts working at Lee's agency to make money to return to the North. Each character, both of whom have been ousted by their organizations, will try to use the other as a tool to reclaim their original positions but the wall between them starts collapsing. "Secret Reunion", which focused on the individual changes the two characters go through regardless of their different ideologies, is set for release on February 4. Below are excerpts from the press conference attended by Song, Kang and director Jang. Actor Song Kang-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Q: What sort of film is "Secret Reunion"? Jang Hun (Jang): A South Korean man in the National Intelligence Service meets with a North Korean man sent to the South as a spy. The film is about the two men who start out as enemies but change after seeing the humane sides to each other while living together.,...More
  • 13th Director's Cut Awards Winners Announced
    2009/12/24, Source,
    240 Korean directors have picked the best director, movie and actors for 2009. Most notably, Park Chan-wook picked up the best director award for the Cannes winning "Thirst". Previou,...More
  • Park Chan-wook Picked Best Director

    2009/12/17, Source,
    By Cho Jae-hyon
    Staff Reporter

    Korean directors picked Park Chan-wook, for his dark vampire thriller,...
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 Park Sang-yeon (박상연)
 Original work
 Bang Joon-seok (방준석)
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Choi Doo-yeong (최두영)
 Color timing
 Lee Jong-yong (이종용)
 Assistant director
 Ahn Yeong-soo (안영수)
 Directing department
 Kim Sang-man (김상만)
 Art director
 Sim Bo-kyeong (심보경)
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108 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35) Dolby SRD
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Release date in South Korea : 2000/09/09

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What a fantastic film. Can Park Chan-wook do any wrong?
2012-03-11 15:54:31
2010-06-19 08:32:13
just watched this movie. It's not only about a war. For me, it's all about friendship. This is my best line: "if war really broke out, would we have to shoot each other too?"
Definitely a Masterpiece !
2009-07-27 23:32:34
2009-05-04 18:02:01
Where can I download this movie? It seems a very brilliant movie. I think it has a strong plot with Lee Byeong Heon as the main cast.
Man! she can not throw darts to save her life. hahaha ;)
2007-09-04 09:06:47
2007-07-24 07:54:42
this is a fantastic film.
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