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Reviewed by nikkareyes PH / Joined nikkareyes 2016
Welcome to Dongmakgol
Welcome to Dongmakgol
Welcome to Dongmakgol
South Korea, 2005, 133 minutes, SD Comedy, History, Asian
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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