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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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  • Composer talks music and movies

    2014/10/07, Source,
    Music and movies come as a pair. Even the most humdrum scenes become magical when infused with a suitable score. In Korean cinema, the man in demand is Jo Yeong-wook, a music director who has gained worldwide fame by crafting scores for weighty films such as "The Contact" (1997), "JSA - Joint Security Area" (2000), "Old Boy" (2003), "Thirst" (2009), "The New World" (2013) and "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" (2014). Recently, the 51-year-old Jo was invited as a guest of honor to the Korean Film Night, as part of this year's London Korean Film Festival, organized by the resident Korean Cultural Centre. There, Jo talked about his path to becoming the successful film composer he is today,...More
  • Unlikely duo unite for dark film 'Revivre'

    2014/09/17, Source,
    Shim Jae-myung is head of Myung Film, the production company behind box office hits like "JSA - Joint Security Area" (2000) and "Forever the Moment" (2007). Director Im Kwon-taek teamed up with Shim to make his 102nd film, "Revivre". Several talented filmmakers in Korea are acknowledged as "virtuosos" or "masters", but none fit these descriptions as faithfully as renowned director Im Kwon-taek, a 78-year-old who has just completed his 102nd film,...More
  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Foul King": Masks, Masculinity, and Might

    In the Spotlight this Week: Kim Jee-won's "The Foul King"... Falling squarely within South Korea's 'New Wave', Kim Jee-won's sophomore feature "The Foul King" (2000) was a welcomed spur that helped revitalise South Korea's film industry. The film was not only a box office hit (being the fourth highest-grossing film of its year) but a regional one as well that tailed the likes of "Missions Impossible 2", "Gladiator", and the year's number one film: "JSA - Joint Security Area". It was also the film when Song Kang-ho, according to Korean film journalist and critic Darcy Paquet, "first displayed the emotional depth that would characterise his later roles",...More
  •'s list of must-see films: JSA - Joint Security Area

    2014/06/14, Source,
    "JSA - Joint Security Area" (2000) Directed by Park Chan-wook A shot reverberates across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom in the dark dawn of October 28. Swiss Lieutenant Sophie Jang, played by Lee Young-ae, is dispatched to Korea from the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) to investigate what happened. The testimonies from both sides, North Korea and South Korea, do not square with each other. South Korean soldier Lee Su-hyuck, played by Lee Byung-hun, is reported to have killed two North Korean soldiers. North Korean sergeant Oh Gyeong-pil, played by Song Kang-ho, managed to survive the accident. Both of them avoid talking to Lieutenant Jang. During the investigation, however, she gets the idea that another soldier from the South, Nam Seong-sik, played by Kim Tae-woo, was engaged in the accident, too. Under too much pressure, Nam jumps off a building to his death,...More
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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
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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