J.S.A.: Joint Security Area

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

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  1. Dec 6, 2015
    8
    JSA is both a crowd pleaser and deeply sentimental film. Some people might think that it's an underdeveloped commercial film but considering the storyline and early direction work of Park Chan Wook, its a great effort to make film on such sensitive matter and be neutral after all.
    Every interaction of both side soldiers is so intense and convincing that one holds his breath and waits for
    JSA is both a crowd pleaser and deeply sentimental film. Some people might think that it's an underdeveloped commercial film but considering the storyline and early direction work of Park Chan Wook, its a great effort to make film on such sensitive matter and be neutral after all.
    Every interaction of both side soldiers is so intense and convincing that one holds his breath and waits for something to go wrong as it's all in flashback. Over the years many movies have taken inspiration from NSA. Two sequences are worth praise, the first one where three soldier meet at mine field and final one when all four are by chance in one snapshot taken by a tourist. Very strong and active screenplay and very good performances.
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  2. 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
  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. OwenB.
    Sep 19, 2005
    10
    Fantastic. Moving, stylish and original.
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.