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The Front Line

  14A HD

Jang Hung

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Plot Summary

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 a 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 of 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 Command Kang Eun-Pyo (Shin Ha-Kyun) is ordered to investigate Alligator Company for the murder. Upon arrival, Kang Eun-Pyo is immediately shocked at the state of the soldiers, the conditions on the front, and the presence of Kim Soo-Hyuk, a former friend he believed to be dead. With a truce promised for years but no end in sight, one man struggles to make sense of a crime in the face of countless lives sacrificed for war.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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67%
  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jan 19, 2012

Fresh: This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 18, 2012

Rotten: A war movie not quite worth engaging. – Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 2012

Fresh: Quick, unexpected flashes engross the viewer in this Korean War tale even as the script is filled with conventional war movie tropes and types. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Jan 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Solid War Movie

Solid war movie with good performances, great effects and unspoiled by romantic side stories. Trailer gives a good indication of what the movie is like. The only downside is that it could be a bit shorter.

Brilliant filmmaking

If one has the patience to sit through the build-up, there is enormous rewards in this emotionally taut, raw piece of filmmaking. The insanity of war is never more evident in this nuanced, layered portrait of men under fire. The plot twist will throw you against the wall and leave you stunned and battered. A superb complex war story with stellar production values. It is this year's South Korean entry for the Academy Awards. Highly recommended.

Shows how the Korean War ended..

This movie showed different perspective of the Korean War. Well made but very sad =(

The Front Line
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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2012

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