Battle of Jangsari 2019 Korean Movie Reviewed
The Battle of Jangsari is directed by renowned Korean filmmaker Kwak Kyung-taek (“Friend”) and Kim Tae-hun, with production by Taewon Entertainment, and presentation by Warner Bros. Pictures Korea.
This is based on the true story of the Battle of Jangsari which took place over two days (September 14-15, 1950) at Jangsari in Yeongdeok, North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea.
The war film follows the important 1950 Jangsa Marine landing diversionary operation during the Korean war, where 772 students with the average age of 17 years old, most of which are in middle and high school, and had only received two weeks of boot camp training were tasked to be student soldiers and execute a pre-invasion operation to help ensure the success of the later Battle of Incheon. Their deployment paved the way for the larger Incheon Landing Operation, led by General MacArthur and turned the tide of war against the communist-backed forces from North Korea.
The movie battle of Jangsari centers on a guerrilla army unit led by Captain Lee Myung Joon (Kim Myung-Min) and 772 student soldiers, including Choi Sung-Pil (SHINee’s Choi Minho) as the squad commander of the student soldier troop and Kwak Si Yang as a lieutenant who tries to save the lives of the student soldiers on board the ship Moonsanho headed to Jangsari.
Their mission is to deceive the North Koreans into thinking that the opposition forces are launching an invasion there when the real invasion and battle will take place in Incheon one day later.
The battle was a demonstration operation to ensure the success of the Battle of Incheon led by the United Nations peacekeepers and General McArthur.
The success of this secret operation helped the UN troops with military intelligence and proved to be a major turning point in the Korean War, as it ended the powerful victories and invasion of the North Koreans over the South Koreans and resulted in a decisive victory and strategic reversal in favor of the United Nations Command (UN).
A caption in the trailer describes the battle as a “classified operation left out of the records” emphasizing that this operation was made top secret so as not to provide clues to the North Koreans of their real intention and that the real heroes of this war were merely forgotten in history.
It might be intriguing to know why these students gave up their peaceful lives to take part in this battle without knowing the real danger that awaits them in this mission with only two weeks of training provided. The students must rely on each other and use their wits and skills to help them get through the harrowing battle and keep them alive.
Megan Fox joining the cast as the legendary journalist Marguerite Higgins (a war correspondent based on amalgam of real historical people), gives us the dilemma of whether the students would end up as heroes or lose due to their inexperience when she said “Those kids don’t know they’re on a suicide mission, do they?” “CSI” star George Eads also in the cast plays Col. Steven, one of the leaders of the Jangsa landing.
With this in mind, I think that this war film would help the audience remember the 722 people responsible for the great freedom that South Korea is currently experiencing and how these strings of events led to a major turning point in the Korean war.
These would help us remember a pivotal moment in history that was forgotten, of the 722 student soldiers who risked their lives to save others and served as a lesson that greatness comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes.
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