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The Coast Guard (해안선)

해안선 (Hae-an-seon)

Directed by Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)

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94min | Release date in South Korea :

One night at the military patrol zone, a drunken couple, Mee-young and Young-kil, are making love and Private KANG spots them. He becomes riddled with fear and shoots his automatic rifle in no time, and the man gets shredded into pieces by bullets and grenades. Heedless of Private KANG's trauma, he's got award of a period of leave for catching a spy. After returning to the unit, KANG's behavior becomes more and more violent, and later becomes discharged by a mental disorder. But KANG can't stay away from the unit. Meanwhile, having witnessed the gruesome death of her lover, Mee-young goes mad and mistakes any man around the base for her lover. The soldiers take advantage of her one by one, and her trauma worsens. The beautiful coastline becomes a living nightmare for everyone as Private KANG and Mee-young wreck havoc around the shores.


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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Coast Guard": Mad Morality

    In the spotlight this week: Kim Ki-duk's "The Coast Guard"... Kim Ki-duk's eighth feature "The Coast Guard" was released back in 2002 and follows a young private and his platoon along Korea's east coast. The film won the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for Kim's "strong and innovative depiction of the illusion of power which destroys humanity on both sides of the fence". In typical Kim Ki-duk fashion, "The Coast Guard" is an introspective and character-driven piece that moulds trauma, tragedy, and madness into a gripping feature that should not be missed,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Coast Guard"

    A selection of shots from Kim Ki-duk's "The Coast Guard"... Kim Ki-duk's 2002 drama "The Coast Guard" is a stunningly disturbing critique of contemporary Korea and its militant mindings of men and madness. The film showcases the human condition within the blinding bureaucracy of face-saving servitude. This award-winning piece of criticism is hard-hitting and intense; an introspective and revealing tale typical of Kim that depicts real human tragedy within a soulless and broken system. Enjoy!,...More
  • Coast Guard Gave Special Treatment to Ferry Captain

    2014/05/04, Source,
    Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the sinking ferry Sewol, escapes with the help of coast guards on April 16. /Newsis The Korea Coast Guard not only fumbled the initial stages of rescuing passengers as the ferry Sewol sank on April 16 but gave the captain preferential treatment. Lee Joon-seok (69) was rescued around 9:46 a.m. on April 16, just after the ferry had capsized off the southwest coast. As the ship listed 40 to 50 degrees on its side, Lee stumbled out of the steering cabin clad in his underwear, apparently intoxicated, and hopped on to a rescue boat,...More
  • Divers' search of Sewol winding up

    2014/04/26, Source,
    Families of passengers missing from the Sewol ferry ride a Coast Guard ship heading to the scene of the accident yesterday. Yellow ribbons, symbolizing the hope of a safe return of loved ones, are tied on the pier in Paengmok Harbor. [NEWS1] The search by divers for survivors of the capsized 6,825-ton Sewol ferry is coming to an end as currents start to pick up in the area and families give up hope that anyone is still alive in the wreck,...More
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 Produced by
 Kim Dong-joo (김동주)
 Lee Seung-jae (이승재)
LJ Film (LJ 필름)
Korea Pictures (Korea Pictures)
International sales
CineClickAsia (CineClickAsia)
 Lee Byung-hoon (이병훈)
 Kim Sun-min (김선민)
 Jang Cheol-soo (장철수)
 Directing department
 Kang Jina (강진아)
 Art direction department
94 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85) Dolby SRD
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US $ 1 million
Festival(s) & award(s)
 -  - (2002)
 - Helsinki Int'l Film Festival - (2003)
 -  - (2003)
 -  - (2003)
 -  - (2003)
 - Umea Int'l Film Festival - (2003)
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Release date in South Korea : 2002/11/22
 Korea, South - 2002/11/22

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