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Welcome to Dongmakgol (Korean Movie DVD)
Kang Hye Jung , Jung Jae Young , Shin Ha Kyun , Im Ha Ryong
Welcome to Dongmakgol (Korean Movie DVD)

Language : Korean,Thai
Subtitle : English,Thai
Media : DVD All region NTSC Format
Genre : Action Romantic
# of Disc : 1 Disc
Released : 2005
Product code : 1300254
Other Info : J-BICS Entertainment
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Special Features :

  • Music Video
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Making of
  • Highlight
  • Soundtrack

The feature debut by director Park Gwang-hyeon, "Welcome to Dongmakgol," is set in a tiny mountain village in South Korea in the early stages of the 1950-53 Korean War.

It begins with the arrival in the village of Dongmakgol of wounded Allied Forces U.S. naval pilot Smith (played by American actor Steve Taschler) after his plane crashed on a nearby hillside.

More strangers then find their way to the remote village apparently oblivious to the war outside: Three North Korean soldiers accidentally isolated from their unit amid the confusion of the battle and two South Korean deserters. Magic butterflies and a cheerful simpleton village girl called Yeo-il (Kang Hye-jeong) draw the visitors into the peaceful hamlet so far unaffected by the war due to its location deep inside the Taebaek mountains of Gangwon Province.

For the people of the village, the newcomers are viewed simply as people "wearing a round gourd and holding long sticks" and who "look irritated a lot," because they have never seen a gun nor military helmet. When the soldiers explain war has broken out across the Korean Peninsula, the villages ask with surprise, "Who invaded? The Japanese or Chinese?"

This is an amusing prologue to a film that portrays the tragedy and absurdity of war.
The soldiers from the opposing sides initially confront each other with their weapons, but the warmheartedness and innocence of the villagers starts to open their minds and bring them together. When they later become aware of an Allied Forces plan to destroy the village in a bombing raid, the soldiers combine forces to defend and protect it.

Adapted from the popular play of the same title staged by movie director Jang Jin and with a soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi, renowned for the theme music for Japanese animation hits by Miyazaki Hayao such as "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Spirited Away," this film is packed with fun, energy and deeply touching moments.

Park, a veteran of television commercials, adds artistry, fantasy and imagination to the original story. Contrasted with the tranquil Dongmakgol, where butterflies fly among wild flowers and children play a wide grassy fields, the war feels more tragic.

The fable-like film has two scenes that rank among the greatest in recent films: Popcorn falling like a snow after a grenade explodes in the village's corn storehouse. The other impressive scene is of the indiscriminate aerial bombing of a snow-covered hill as if a fireworks.

Of special visual attraction was the folk festival in which villagers dance to the rhythm of percussion instruments and some children play on bamboo stilts. The beautiful pumpkin lamps lightening up the path leading to the village serve to add to the festive mood. Combined with Hisaishi's music, the scene bring to mind the festival scenes that often appear in Japanese films.

The movie never feels rushed in allowing the South and North Korean soldiers to develop real relationships during a lull in action.

Park was not foolish enough to have the U.S. pilot engage in the battle to defend Dongmakgol. If the American had eventually involved in the fight against the Allied Forces, the film could have been criticized for overindulging in sentimentality.

The battle scene at the end of "Dongmakgol" is spectacular to all the senses, and audiences can fully appreciate the 8 billion won (US$7.7 million) spent producing the film. Acrylic Plastic Acrylic Drain Dish drainer clear dish drainer
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