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A call to Asian cinema buffs


Sam Roggeveen


23 August 2011 10:22

On Andrew Sullivan's blog today, I found a link to a Korean movie trailer that made me realise something unflattering about my editing of this site. When I post trailers or write the odd review of a film with a political, strategic or economic theme, my focus is on Hollywood cinema, to the almost total exclusion of all other types of film.

This is a serious oversight. Asian cinema (if I can be allowed such a broad term) is so vibrant and such an important window into the culture and politics of the region that it deserves to be treated seriously on The Interpreter.

So this is a call to readers to please send in your recommendations for sites I should be following to keep up with Asian cinema (Asian Movie Pulse looks like a good place to start). And please also send in your reviews of the latest releases, or links to new trailers.

For now, check out the trailer for The Front Line, a Korean War epic that did big box office in its home country. The synopsis is below the fold, and an English subtitled version of the trailer (which I cannot embed; sorry) is available here

In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line.

Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that's been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that's more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.