The Front Line (2012) 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… 2012-01-20 R PT133M
Movie Review

The Front Line (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
THE FRONT LINE
THE FRONT LINE
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jan 20, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 133 Minutes

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+

Originally posted Jan 18, 2012 Published in issue #1191 Jan 27, 2012 Order article reprints
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