The movie "Joint Security Area" was first released on September 9, 2000 in Korea through 120 screens in 110 theaters, and is Park Chan-wook's third feature film.

It is the 21st Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Picture and Director in 2000, and is an invitation to the competition section of the 51st Berlin International Film Festival in 2001.

Korea remains the only divided nation in the world since the Korean War ended in 1953. Therefore, it is a reality that the same ethnic group is creating a border and engaging in military confrontation.

The movie Joint Security Area is a movie that shows this reality in Korea so well that it is the most Korean material.

In the movie "Joint Security Area," Sergeant Lee Soo-hyuk (Lee Byung-hun), who stepped on a landmine while searching for the Demilitarized Zone between South Korea and North Korea, fortunately saved his life with the help of North Korean sergeant Oh Kyung-pil (Song Kang-ho) and warrior Jung Woo-jin (Shin Ha-kyun). This made them close, and Sergeant Lee Soo-hyuk crossed the Military Demarcation Line to meet them.

Then one day, the North Korean military caught them meeting and they were close like brothers, but they aimed guns at each other. And gunfire rings at the North Korean guard post in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area. North Korean guard Jung Woo-jin died, and a middle-aged North Korean sergeant Oh Kyung-pil is also gunned down next to him.

In the middle of the military demarcation line, Sergeant Lee Soo-hyuk, a suspect in the murder, is found with gunshot wounds. Major Sophie Chang (Lee Young-ae), a Korean-Swiss member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, will be dispatched to reveal the truth of the incident. She meets them to reveal the truth, and things go against her initial expectations.

After planning a movie at a famous film in Korea, he later invited Park Chan-wook and interfered in a large part, creating a popular movie that was not like Park Chan-wook.

In the DVD interview, both the reviews and the audience were well received, but the director was dissatisfied. According to Park Chan-wook's filmography, he gained fame through the film and later revealed his own color to the fullest.

To introduce a story that only Koreans can know about this movie, when the movie was released, the North Korean-related work was under heavy external pressure even after the June 1987 uprising created a democratic atmosphere due to the remnants of the blind anti-communist anti-North Korea propaganda.

For example, the 1990 KBS drama "The Day of Dawn," which deals with three years of liberation space, was abruptly stopped in the 13th episode due to the absurd reason that North Korea's Kim Il-sung, played by Jeon Kwang-ryul, came out cool.

In addition, in 1994, shortly after the inauguration of the civilian government, far-right forces accused Cho Jung-rae's Taebaek Mountains, which sold millions of copies, of violating the National Security Law, and an investigation was underway for a long time.

In this extreme anti-communism and anti-North Korean sentiment flowing throughout society, the film, which deals with the friendship of South and North Korean soldiers, was very sensitive and socially influential. For this reason, the president of the production company and director Park Chan-wook were also prepared to arrest them for violating the National Security Law.

However, just before the release of the movie, the June 15 inter-Korean summit was held, creating an atmosphere of inter-Korean reconciliation, and the movie was a big hit. The exact release date is September 9, 2000.

However, director Park Chan-wook expressed regret, saying, "I wanted to make the movie pop at a time when the Cold War forces are active, the inter-Korean conflict is escalating, and the ideological confrontation is intensifying."

In the end, the Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye administrations blacklisted Park Chan-wook, saying that they tried to change the people's consciousness through culture by citing "the description of North Korea as a comrade."

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