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Jsa - Joint Security Area

Overview

Chan Wook Park's political drama Joint Security Area comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Korean soundtracks are rendered in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Chinese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a music video, and the film's trailer. This is a fine release that should be of interest to anyone with a taste for Asian cinema.
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Overview

Chan Wook Park's political drama Joint Security Area comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Korean soundtracks are rendered in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Chinese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a music video, and the film's trailer. This is a fine release that should be of interest to anyone with a taste for Asian cinema.
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Special Features

[None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Sometimes referred to as Korea's answer to Apocalypse Now, Park Chan-wook's Joint Security Area is a murder mystery/war movie hybrid that ultimately transcends both genres to become a powerful anti-war statement. The narrative jumps back and forth in time, depicting events -- true and false -- told to investigator Sophie Jean (Li Yeong-Ae) by the survivors of a shooting incident on the DMZ involving soldiers from both sides of the border. As more and more details become clear, the incident becomes both more mysterious and more tragic. The question that emerges is not whodunit, but how could a group of men who had become improbable but very close friends end up shooting one another? The film's answer is an implicit critique of the decades-long conflict between the two countries, and the toll it takes on the young men trained to carry it out. The point is brought home with great impact in the film's brilliant final shot, which explores a seemingly innocuous tourist snapshot taken at a border checkpoint that, in light of everything that has happened, suddenly takes on a new, deeply tragic meaning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • UPC: 601641158046
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tai Seng
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Letterbox / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Korean
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Song Kang-ho Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
Shin Ha-kyun
Lee Yeong-ae Sophie Jean
Lee Byung-hun Lee Soo Hyeok
Kim Tae-woo
Technical Credits
Park Chan-wook Director
Lee Eun Producer
Kim Sang-beom Editor
Park Sang-Hoon Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Seong-bok Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [8:57]
2. Chapter 2 [10:34]
3. Chapter 3 [4:40]
4. Chapter 4 [12:58]
5. Chapter 5 [5:50]
6. Chapter 6 [8:16]
7. Chapter 7 [9:39]
8. Chapter 8 [12:37]
9. Chapter 9 [5:09]
10. Chapter 10 [8:43]
11. Chapter 11 [10:47]
12. Chapter 12 [10:42]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Setup
      Sound: Stereo
      Ac-3 5.1 ch
      DTS 5.1 ch
      Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
      Simplified Chinese
      English
      None
   Special Features
      JSA Trailer
      Music Video
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