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Silmido (실미도)


Directed by Kang Woo-seok (강우석)

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133min | Release date in South Korea :

January 1968, 31 members of North Korean Special Unit 124 infiltrated South Korea with the ultimate mission of attacking the Blue House (Presidential Palace in Korea) and assassinating President PARK Chung-hee. When KIM Shin-jo, the only member who was captured alive, was asked "What was the purpose of infiltration?" on a live TV program, he shouted "I came to slit the throat of President PARK Chung-hee!" and made the whole country's blood run cold.

At the same time, In-chan escapes the death penalty for being an accessory to a crime when he accepts an unexpected proposal from Jae-hyun , a general at Silmido H.I.D. Project and is transported to Silmido Special Unit. Silmido Special Unit is a unit composed of dysfunctional social outcasts and criminals under the death or life sentences. Sang-pil and Won-hee are also among the members of this unit. When they arrive at the island, Jae-hyun gives them the classified national duty, which is to explode the North Korean presidential palace and behead KIM Il-sung, the North Korean president. It is a retaliatory project.
To its all 31 members, it is the ultimate patriotic mission with pride and loyalty; and it is the only chance they have to start a new life that is promised once the mission is successfully accomplished. With their hopes and promising vision, they survive through the most hellish inhumane 'killing' training and are reborn as human armories. They are the human killing machines, with strong comradeship and respect for each other.

Finally, the day arrives and they receive an order from the head office to carry out the mission. With their supreme confidence, they depart for the North. However, the project is suddenly revoked and they return to Silmido with much discouragement and stress. After then, the hellish training continues but, there is no more mission. The psychological frustration and physical tolerance start to reach their limits. And soon, the members start to lose their focus and unity. In order to regain complete control of the unit, the head office performs public executions of its own members. Meanwhile in 1970, with growing nationwide peacemaking movement between the North and the South, the government quickly decides to demolish Silmido Special Unit and executes all its members...


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Cinema Service (시네마서비스)
 Han Jae-kwon (한재권)
 Score composer
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Score composer
 Kang Ji-eun (강지은)
 Assistant director
 Jonathan H. Kim (김형준)
 Production department
 Ko Im-pyo (고임표)
 Jung Doo-hong (정두홍)
 Martial arts director
 Kim Won-yong (김원용)
 Sound department
 Baek Sang-yeol (백상열)
 Assistant director
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
 Martial arts director
 Seo ji-oh (서지오)
 Martial arts
 Kim Min-soo-III (김민수)
 Martial arts team
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Jang Young-jin (장영진)
 Martial arts team
 Jung Chang-hyun (정창현)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Suk-won (김석원)
 Sound department
 Baek Dong-hyeon (백동현)
 Martial arts team
 Jeon Woo-jae (전우재)
 Martial arts team
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133 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35) Dolby SRD
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Release date in South Korea : 2003/12/24
 Korea, South - 2003/12/24

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