JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA)
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JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA)
'Joint Security Area' is set in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The story hinges on a fatal shootout that leaves two North Korean soldiers dead and threatens to shatter the uneasy truce between the two sides.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I can't be as enthusiastic."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Park tries to make us believe that the men soldiers on both sides would have no trouble bonding if ideologies and uniforms didn't get in the way of things."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Suspenseful and psychologically rich."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Park Chan-Wook's Joint Security Area is a fairly straightforward whodunit with a pointedly political theme and an unapologetically humanist message."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Além do impecável senso estético de Park e de seu imenso talento para a narrativa, o filme traz uma bela mensagem humanitária e anti-bélica."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A beguiling mix of the generic and the unfamiliar, and it ends on a shot that's nothing short of heartbreaking."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Park's film reveals its double agency by swinging between emotion-charged flashbacks of weepie male bonding and the investigative longueurs of the icy, half-Korean, half-Swedish female officer in charge of mopping up the brotherly bloodbath."
‑ Chuck Stephens, Village Voice
"It's another triumph from one of the world's best new filmmakers, and it is not to be missed."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"An intelligent murder mystery set at the only meeting point between North and South Korea, whose tragic solution reveals the war zone's tension between hate and humanity."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff