Conclusion: 'The Front Line' is a powerful, gripping, and thought provoking examination of the madness of war and the strength of brotherhood. There are some slight pacing concerns and the movie doesn't quite reach the same level of depth as other classics in the genre, but it's a very strong effort all the same. Despite some very minor issues, both the video transfer and audio mix are good. Unfortunately, supplements are extremely lackluster.
Excerpt: The story a war movie is inherently slanted toward is the viewpoint of the people telling it. There are cases, like Letters from Iwo Jima , that attempt to tell another's perspective, but that the exception and it is filtered through the teller's brains nonetheless. It can be eye-opening, then, to watch foreign war films, just to get their take on events that we already have notions about.
Summary: If you like war movies, this one is a dandy. Sure, you’ll recognize some of the genre’s shopworn conventions, but there are enough unique twists and details to make “The Front Line” memorable.
Excerpt: Jang Hun’s pulpy military thriller The Front Line is set during the waning days of the Korean War, as the commanders know they’re about to hammer out a truce, but the grunts in the field are still shooting at each other, under orders to seize as much territory as possible, for added leverage at the bargaining table.
Conclusion: The Front Line was South Korea's entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and while it didn't make the short list of eventual nominees, it's a remarkably well crafted film that manages to overcome some of its stereotypical characters to offer a bracing portrait of the chaotic closing days of the Korean War.
Excerpt: Jag är inte den som backar ur då man erbjuds att se en bra krigsfilm. Koreas val som Oscarkandidat för Bästa Utländska Film är en krigsfilm värd namnet och den heter The Front Line . Filmen handlar om Koreakriget och i synnerhet om dess sista dagar, för att inte säga timmar och en eländig plätt höjd som kommer att avgöra var demarkationslinjen kommer att dras då det hela är över.