Welcome to Dongmakgol
Welkeom tu dongmakgol
South Korea, 2005, 133 minutes, SD
Welcome to Dongmakgol Synopsis

A beautiful and touching anti-war parable based on the long running play by Jang Jin.


Set in 1950 during the Korean War, a crashed American flier, two South Korean soldiers and three North Korean soldiers all end up in an innocent remote village untouched by the civil war raging in the rest of the country, but it isn't long before violence threatens the peaceful village.


“a warm, colourful, comic tale" - Empire

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
I give this a 4 star rating for the truly impressive cinematography and the great story.  As much as it portrays the effects of war on North and South Korean... more
I give this a 4 star rating for the truly impressive cinematography and the great story.  As much as it portrays the effects of war on North and South Korean soldiers, the village of Dongmakgol which they accidentally found themselves in, becomes a point of balance and provided the needed neutrality. The innocent village people welcomed them warmly and treated them well and soon they forgot the tension between them, which just shows that there need not be a bloody end if only the humaneness prevailed.  The acting portrayals are impressive most especially by the crazy woman, played by Hye Jeong Kang. She won Best Supporting Actress award for this film from the Blue Dragon Awards and Grand Bell Awards. Totally impressive and a charming film that shows the power of good rather than being/ remaining bad and in the purity of people's hearts as embodied by the villagers. Worth checking out!
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Heartwarming and impressive! This film will make viewers reconsider the true beauty of human nature stripped of prejudice and anger. Soldiers from opposing sides find themselves in a village up... more
Heartwarming and impressive! This film will make viewers reconsider the true beauty of human nature stripped of prejudice and anger. Soldiers from opposing sides find themselves in a village up in the hinterlands with villagers that don't have any idea of an ongoing war.  These are peace-loving people with very colorful characters, especially that of the young lady Yeo-il (Hye Jeong Kang) who looks like she's mentally unstable but a beautiful soul underneath. The initial reactions of surprise and violence between the soldiers of opposing sides eventually disappeared, as they become caught up with these people who didn't see them as threats but more like visitors.  Very engrossing to watch and with a commendable screenplay, with cinematography similarly above par: the rolling mountains and the lush greeneries are so calming to the eyes! This is a movie that aims to convey peace and harmony and of a person's innate goodness despite of the bad tendencies brought about by opposing ideologies. There are hilarious scenes that you just can't miss, like that scene where the soldiers were aiming guns to each other when an old woman suddenly interrupts so she can poo somewhere.  This is definitely a must-watch!
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