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Ratings & Reviews

  1. gaussian's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    oh wow. not without flaws, but amazing nonetheless!

  2. BenNash's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Out of all the things this movie could have been, I don't think that anyone anticipated 'buddy comedy'.

  3. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Joint Security Area

  4. Bill Boothman's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Some of the Swiss-German characters are somewhat stereotypical, but the main actors in Joint Security Area manage to evoke by turns humor, tragedy, brutality, neurosis and warmth of heart, all of which is held together by Chan-wook's atmospheric and moody color palette as well as Chan-wook's ability to hold back just enough as the narrative unfolds to make the finale satisfying.

  5. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Great message marred by poor delivery. This would be a classic... IF there had been no English dialogue from the non-Korean characters. The result is actually worse than bad dubbing. Lee Yeong-Ae does well enough in her role, but too many of her scenes are in the aforementioned horrible English. The multiple viewpoints/flashbacks lend the whole thing a tragic aspect, with the last few scenes hitting especially hard.

  6. Feng Ling's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    a tremendous thriller drama with substance (minus some slight unnaturalness of the swiss general and sophie's acting)

  7. Matt Kovar's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    One of the saddest movies ever, and yet somehow it holds your hand through it all. A tough must watch.

  8. Landen Celano's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    There's a good movie in here somewhere.

  9. Shawn Spitler's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    While not a perfect film, this shows the promise of Park Chan-Wook's later work.

  10. Will Thede's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    The two biggest knocks against it are the scenes in English and the blonde Swedish actor. Setting those problems aside, this is an engrossing - and also educational - proverbial tale about friendship across harsh territory lines.

  11. Chihao Tsang's rating of the film Joint Security Area

  12. Nick Potter's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    There are still films that can surprise you without forcing themselves to be filled with twists, and Park Chan-wok's breakthrough film is a prime example of that. The tone shifts revealed through the non-linear narrative are excellent, and the middle becomes just comfortable enough so that you forget where the film has to go to finish.

  13. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Bad acting and a hackneyed premise stall this would-be thriller. Not much craft either, as the editing is poor and the story at times very confusing. Signs of a first time filmmaker.

  14. Samuel Wells's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    A brilliant satire handling one of the most contentious political situations in modern times. The film takes a discerning look at each part of the story with care and the same critical eye. It hits all of the notes that I crave in a satirical piece and follows through the promises. Each character is nuanced and adding something to the narrative or world being constructed. Another great from Park Chan-wook.

  15. David R Williams's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Very uneven film. A rocky start with some horrible acting and terrible English finally gives way to an intriguing and heartfelt story about brotherhood and blood being thicker than politics. About the 90 minute mark it starts to head off the rails again but the finish is spectacular and more than makes up for that.

  16. Joe Pryweller's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    This early Park Chan-wook film soars when it shows the four soldiers throwing off political differences and engaging to comradeship or brotherhood (depending where you're from). At that moment, you feel the restraints removed from this long civil war, and it makes the events later on feel more tragic. But the scenes with the security forces land like a thud with bad dialogue and scene-chewing melodrama.

  17. Ghostman's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Heartbreaking and powerful. Probably my favorite film by chan-wook park.

  18. Ryan Swen's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    A shared cigarette as a political statement.

  19. David Richards's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Excellent... yeah, that gal was obviously not Swiss, but everything else was so good! A slowly unfolding mystery, and tragedy.

  20. Nolan Barth's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Joint Security Area is a mixed bag for me. I absolutely loved the story told in the flashbacks about Lee, Oh and the other two soldiers becoming friends. But then the scenes in the present with the murder investigation were just so less interesting and in my opinion really dragged the film down. The best part of this movie for me is Kang-ho Song, he steals every scene he is in.

  21. brick_bro's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Despite the somewhat-slow start, once the boundaries are clear, Park's style starts to take over and the fun begins. Then the fun slows down, and a very tragic story of soldiers, brotherhood, and defying authority steals the show.

  22. Kai-Erik Jensen's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    When saw this with Memories of Murder I would have sworn Bong Joon-ho did JSA, while Park Chan-wook did MoM. Stylistically, each felt like the other's work, and theme and content. While the camerawork was clean here, it didn't stand out as MoM's but the story gripped me along with great performances from the pals (not the police tho). I want to rate this higher, but endearment is not sufficient enough reason.

  23. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Joint Security Area

    Really well done thriller/mystery with a message.

  24. Kevin Costner's rating of the film Joint Security Area

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