In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining rounds in the assassin’s magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved – all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.
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User Reviews: Fusing a Hollywood-style ‘who-dunnit’ with an intellectually poignant essay on Korean geopolitics, ‘Joint Security Area’ (‘JSA’) offered a surprisingly moving twist to an otherwise engaging film.
It raises questions on the incredulity of ideological differences. It showcased the ridiculous, yet tragic consequences such an imposed barrier can have on its people. People, whom if not separated by mere political allegiance, have more in common than they care to admit. ‘JSA’ perceptively explored a modern day Korean psyche – that heartfelt desire for kinship and unity between the people of both Koreas.
‘Joint Security Area’ is a timely film with a universal message – "Let not differences in race, religion or ideological allegiance blindside our judgement, especially in these violent and confusing times."
I instinctively respond to this message. I hope you do as well.