Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 20, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Front Line

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
133 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/20/12

We gave it an B+

South Korea’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film is set in the early 1950s, toward the end of the Korean War, on the eastern front, where fighting continues despite a shaky cease-fire. 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. For them, north and south are porous concepts: The men share rice wine, cigarettes, and even a sentimental song. B+

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