The Front Line
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The Front Line
Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero.K, fierce fighting continues. A race to capture this strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. At the Eastern border stands the "Alligator Company," known to be the best soliders on the front line. They are the only unit to have survived the worst battle of the war at Pohang. When a South Korean bullet is found in the dead body of a company commander, Lieutenant of Defense Security… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"We can be grateful that a Jang Hun comes along now and then to inscribe a human record."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A movie that reserves its final sickening wallop for a grueling half-hour that leaves you as emotionally battered as the soldiers are forced to return to hell for one last senseless round."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The themes and characters are right out of any number of classic war movies, but... the frontline culture, so at odds with military discipline and command, is fascinating."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Hollywood clichés pervade The Front Line, from its slate and sepia tones to its stock company of characters and dialogue that translates macho posturing into present-day slang."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"A potent anti-war movie with breathtaking battle sequences."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"While its tone and humanity offset the futility of each side's need for one crucial hill, much of this intense, honorable film is too drawn-out."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"If you like war movies, this one is a dandy. Sure, you'll recognize some of the genre's shopworn conventions, but there are enough unique twists and details to make "The Front Line" memorable."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Both brutal and sentimental, this Oscar-submitted Korean war drama offers up rusty tropes as telling ironies."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"A war movie not quite worth engaging."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"The action in The Front Line is bloody and tense, but the movie also reduces war to its simplest terms..."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Jang's filmmaking weapons may be utterly conventional, but that does not prevent them from delivering a high-impact payload."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"South Korea's impressive entry for the 2011 foreign-language Oscar race offers a different kind of war picture in its foreshadowed setting of the blood-soaked front line between North and South Korea during the 1950-53 war."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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