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Northern Limit Line

Northern Limit Line

What I can do for my country I am willing to doJun. 24, 2015 130 Min.
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Kim Hak-Soon


Jin Goo isHan Sang-gook
Han Sang-gook
Kim Mu-yeol isYoon Young-ha
Yoon Young-ha
Lee Hyun-woo isPark Dong-hyuk
Park Dong-hyuk
Lee Wan isLee Hee-wan
Lee Hee-wan
Kim Ji-hoon isJo Chun-hyung
Jo Chun-hyung
Lee Chung-Ah isChoi Yoon-jung
Choi Yoon-jung
Kim Dong-hee isKwon Ki-kyung
Kwon Ki-kyung


The movies follows the incident knows as the second battle of Yeonpyeong which happened in 2002.

Northern Limit Line
Northern Limit Line
Original titleNorthern Limit Line
TMDb Rating5.6 10 votes

(5) comments

  • tampignsOctober 24, 2015Reply

    A real story of men who died for nothing

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • wbs-855-141102December 6, 2015Reply

    A very Korean war film

    Northern Limit Line is a portrayal of the 2002 ”Second Battle of
    Yeonpyeong” (the first having been a somewhat similar encounter a few
    years earlier) in which North Korean warships attacked two South Korean
    patrol boats in disputed waters on the west coast of Korea. (The title
    refers to the maritime boundary that (in the US and ROK view) was
    established in the 1953 armistice, but which is not accepted by the
    DPRK.) Some of the external reviews complain that the film is
    bifurcated — the first part establishing the personalities and
    interactions of the crew, and the second part dealing with the battle
    itself. This, while accurate, seems to miss the point: The message of
    the film is that a nation’s battles are not fought by either flawless
    heroes or by oppressed victims. Rather the film presents a ship’s crew
    that is both a proud and disciplined unit controlled by a hierarchical
    order of command and a group of individuals with their own ambitions,
    dreams, fears, friendships, and dislikes. When a unauthorized party or
    watching a soccer game on an unauthorized link is interrupted by a
    general stations drill, the sailors show they are displeased, but they
    go to their stations. In fact, my sense was that, in contrast to the
    reviewers’ opinion it is the first part of the film, not the second to
    which non-Koreans and those of us who have never served in the military
    should pay most attention. The concept of showing the character of
    relationships in a military unit is pretty much a standard war movie
    device, but what makes this special is that the relationships are
    distinctively Asian. True, there are resemblances to how any collection
    of young men (and int the film, also a young female officer) in a
    military unit move between the highly structured military role and
    being typical late adolescents. But in a way that is hard to define,
    but comes across clearly, there is a special Asian (and presumably
    particularly Korean) character to the interrelationships — the way
    they talk, the things they seek, what annoys them, the way they trick
    the system in which they nonetheless take pride. In my view, without
    that establishment of context, the second part –the battle itself –
    would be just another action sequence and much less involving for the
    viewer — especially, one suspects, for a Korean audience. We come to
    care deeply about what happens to these kids when the North Korean ship
    turns a routine encounter at sea into a pitched battle. The combat
    scenes are presented with a candor and explicitness about what war is
    really like– the chaos, the terror, the determination, the failures
    and bitter costs — that few if any American war flicks would risk. In
    particular, I have seldom seen a film that is as uncompromisingly
    honest about what battle wounds look like– would an American film
    show, as Northern Limit Line does –the severed arm of one of the
    central characters lying next to the hemorrhaging stump? Certainly, the
    film takes a unequivocally pro-South Korea perspective — it is quite
    explicitly a tribute to the skill and dedication of the nation’s navy.
    But it is both brutally honest about what war means and, in a rather
    more low key way, critical of the civilian population who are cheering
    at a big soccer match while the battle goes on. That the civilian don’t
    know about the battle and pay due honor to their nation’s soldiers
    afterward makes their innocent detachment from the sacrifices of the
    sailors who are fighting all the more poignant.

  • Bobba FettJanuary 6, 2016Reply

    WW2 T-34 tank on the bow of a N.Korean patrol boat

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Bob-45January 18, 2016Reply

    Suspenseful, entertaining, authentic naval warfare film

    Caught this on Netflix streaming, while I had ”nothing better to do;”
    and, boy, am I glad I did. ”Northern Limit Line” is, clearly the most
    authentic movie about military life since ”We Were Soldiers”; and it
    the most the most authentic film about shipboard life since ”Das Boot”,
    but a lot more entertaining. Based on a two incident, what would be
    called a ”clash” by a news reader in a paragraph on a ”Nightly News,”
    ”Nothern Line Limit” is, alternately, suspenseful, exciting, grueling
    and, ultimately, touching. Very well written, directed, photographed,
    acted and scored, ”Northern Limit Line” also contains the longest
    modern naval warfare sea battle I have seen. Hollywood could certainly
    learn from South Korea about how to film a sea battle. My only slight
    quibble is the editing. One or two sequences end abruptly, disorienting
    the viewer for an instant. The movie could also use a slight trimming,
    particularly the ”port departure sequence” on the day of the battle.

    Inexplicably, I could not enjoy ”Northern Limit Line” on my home
    theater system. For some reason, the title does not appear on the
    Netflix ”Search” menu on my Roku. Too bad, because the sea battle cries
    out for a big screen and Surround sound. I give ”Northern Limit Line” a

  • jimel98July 28, 2016Reply

    This Movie Is Special

    We start by getting to know the men of the 357 Patrol ship of the South
    Korean Navy. A good bunch of men who, being human, kid around, have fun
    and generally work very hard and then let off tension as any normal
    person does, be it sneaking a feast on the bow or cheering on their
    hometown soccer team. We get to meet their families as well and see
    just how much those people back home mean to them.

    We also see what a bunch of punks the North Koreans are. OK, sure,
    they’re not about to be shown as sympathetic characters, but why should
    they be? They started this entire incident, as they often do. Punks.
    And when you compare the ships, you see the difference between a modern
    free society and a backwards one being run by some little runt with
    something to prove. But I digress.

    This movie was filmed magnificently and very believably. We (in the
    Western Hemisphere)often see movies made in other nations and feel they
    look a little cheesy compared to our slick productions. That’s a bit
    condescending, but I’m sure many who may read this know what I mean. We
    get to know these guys and like them. They’re good people and the ships
    new Commander starts out a bit of a hard nose, but even he sees that,
    this likable bunch will do anything for someone they both respect and
    like and mutual admiration and affection between officers and crew
    truly brings them all together.

    Then disaster, and for what? Muscle flexing of the worst kind and this
    entire sequence, the battle sequence is both exciting and heartbreaking
    as we see those we’ve gotten to know being shot up by…well, the bad
    guys. It’s very well done and riveting.

    I was not fully aware until the end that this was indeed a true story
    and yup, I teared up. I teared up for the men of 357, I teared up for
    their families and the horror they all faced in their different ways. I
    also teared up for the world that we must tolerate nations like North
    Korea who seem to simply exist only to provoke, incite and threaten.
    They have no meaning otherwise and this movie, should I say, this story
    is proof.

    It’s a wonderful movie on a number of levels. I’ve reviewed this movie
    from a soapbox, but this movie tells truth in a very dramatic fashion
    and tells it well. For a history lesson and for a lesson in national
    terrorism and current events, this movie is a must see.

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