War movies have appealing brutality. Especially good war movies. Judging from the trailer it looks like Into The Fire will be a good movie. Hopefully without much pathos. I know, every war movie requires some of it, there’s no war history without it, but not too much. Let’s not overdo it. This was what irritated me while watching May 18, it was in overall good movie, even Lee Jun Ki was watchable in it, but toward the end it suddenly started becoming sluggish and heavy. The story itself was a horrible truth, the escalation of the conflict well showed, but something was not right.
One of the greatest new war movies is without doubt Welcome to Dongmakgol, but it’s not that typical war movie. No battles, no canons to fire, no big words. Instead – small village, crazy girl and both South and North soldiers trapped in this peaceful, remote place. The one who survives the tragic mistake, an American soldier, brings typical American pathos to the film. But it’s his face, sir! Nothing more can be done with a log of wood! There’s Shin Ha Kyun (South) and Jeong Jae Young (North), and it’s their attitude towards each other and the rest of the characters that counts. War is somewhere behind the hills. But war will approach this small hamlet. The sad thing is, no one will remember the sacrifice though. But I think this is the pivotal thought. Small sacrifices, without fanfares, are put into the oblivion with time. In the village no one cared about Nort-South conflict, they cared about their crops. Death of the soldiers is something as natural as changing of the seasons. But it’s for them, for those stranded soldiers, that the last fight counted.
Into The Fire is a story of students during the war.
“Into the Gunfire” is based on the true story of 71 students who fought hundreds of North Korean soldiers in front of a middle school on June 25, 1950 during the Korean War. Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-Woo) was formerly a student who was convicted of murder. While serving his sentence he volunteers to fight as a soldier …
Also known as: Into The Fire / Fire
Previous title: ’71’
Release date: June 25 2010
Director: Lee Jae-han
Company: Taewon Entertainment
Cha Seung Won
Kwon Sang Woo
Choi Seung Hyeon (better known as TOP, keke)
Kim Seung Woo
Park Jin Hee
Kim Hye Seong
Read some article on the story here:
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_71-Into_the_Fire.php (scroll down)
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