J.S.A.: Joint Security Area

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  1. May 25, 2015
    8
    An utterly fantastic film, with great direction from the director of Oldboy, Park Chan Wook and fantastic performances, most notable Mr Song Kang Ho. A tale of friendship between fellow 'brothers' on opposite sides of the Korean border. Shows a different perspective on the Korean conflict. I highly recommend this film for those getting into Korean cinema. Start with either this, MemoriesAn utterly fantastic film, with great direction from the director of Oldboy, Park Chan Wook and fantastic performances, most notable Mr Song Kang Ho. A tale of friendship between fellow 'brothers' on opposite sides of the Korean border. Shows a different perspective on the Korean conflict. I highly recommend this film for those getting into Korean cinema. Start with either this, Memories of Murder or The Host (Directed by Bong Joon- Ho) or The Good The Bad The Weird directed by Kim Jee- woon (You might notice all those films star Song Kang- Ho) Expand
  2. OwenB.
    Sep 19, 2005
    10
    Fantastic. Moving, stylish and original.
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    10
    Simply a masterpiece of a film. A tremendous story told by Park Chan-wook. I can just encourage everybody to watch this movie and enjoy the hell out of it.
  4. Jan 20, 2014
    4
    JSA is a story about an unlikely friendship between soldiers on opposite sides of the Korean border. The dialog is hokey and the plot is contrived, but JSA might appeal to an audience that romanticizes or is emotionally invested in the conflict between the DPRK and the ROK.
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Despite its merits, is neither an art movie nor an out-and-out, propulsive actioner like "Shiri."
  2. 70
    The new English track is predictably clumsy, but the story and images overcome it.
  3. This warm, sorrowful film plays like a downbeat variation on an old World War II picture from Hollywood.