JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA)
JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000)

Riding the trend of Korean action blockbusters after the phenomenally popular Swiri, Park Chan Wook directs this murder mystery thriller about death on the DMZ. The film opens with a shooting along the heavy militarized border between North… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2000
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

I can't be as enthusiastic.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Suspenseful and psychologically rich.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Park Chan-Wook's Joint Security Area is a fairly straightforward whodunit with a pointedly political theme and an unapologetically humanist message.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

A beguiling mix of the generic and the unfamiliar, and it ends on a shot that's nothing short of heartbreaking.

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Chuck Stephens
Village Voice

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.

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David Cornelius

It's another triumph from one of the world's best new filmmakers, and it is not to be missed.

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Joshua Tanzer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
When two North Korean soldiers are killed in a shooting incident in the demilitarized zone of the border between the North and South, an independent… More
Bruce Bruce
What kills this movie is the Dubbed Voices. After rewatching it with English Subtitles and Korean Language, I found it to be more enjoyable and realistic. About… More
Kevin Cookman
A heartbreaking, poignant anti-war film that works best if you don't look into the plot too much, as to avoid the sometimes awkward plotting.
Arash Xak
Park Chan Wook's wonderful debut that has a lot to say & not only about its main subject, Smart,moving & well-crafted without falling into trite… More
Reid Volk
Kind of hard to believe that this is Park Chan-Wook. While an engaging film, it is a bit overly sentimental in parts. I understand that subject matter dealing… More
JY Skacto
Director Chan-wook Park comes through with an antiwar picture that revolves around the conflict between North and South Korea.<p>The pacing of this 1 hour… More