Welcome To Dongmakgol Essay

“태극기 휘날리며” (The Brotherhood of War) is one of many Korean War depictions on film. The film begins with the start of the invasion of the North, which causes two brothers to join the South Korean army. During the war, tragic circumstances and misunderstanding lead to one of the brothers joining the North Korean army.

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This movie is one of the many great films and literature in the War genre.  This genre of films is commonly used to explore the deep emotional toll it took on the Korean people while the war occurred and the lives they led afterwords.

A similar Korean War film:

  • 웰컴투동막골 Welcome to Dongmakgol (disc 8 of the set) directed by Kwang-Hyun Park (2006) – Korean film about an American, two North Korean Soldiers and Two South Korean soldiers life in a remote village.

The Korean War was fueled by altercations at the border of North and South Korea after World War II. Such altercations were influenced by the differences of ideals over the Korean Peninsula. The war was three years long and ended in a still standing armistice.

Books about the Korean War located at OSUL:


Opening in September of 1950, after U.S.-led forces had landed in Incheon, turning the tide of the Korean War, Welcome to Dongmakgol tells the (fictional) story of a remote little village where the residents have never seen guns, and are completely ignorant of the conflict going on in their country. Their simple, quiet lives are disrupted when an American pilot, Smith (Steve Taschler), crashes just outside the village. While the kindly villagers tend to Smith's injuries, a pair of North Korean soldiers, young gung-ho Seo Taek-gi (Ryu Deok-hyeon) and the older Jang Young-hee (Lim Ha-ryong), and their commander, Lee Su-hwa (Jeong Jae-yeong), as well as a pair of South Korean soldiers, deserter Pyo Hyun-chul (Shin Ha-kyun of Save the Green Planet!) and medic Mun Sang-sang (Seo Jae-gyeong), all find themselves stranded in the little village. There's a lengthy standoff, but when the soldiers accidentally destroy the town's food supply, they all reluctantly agree to work together to help the town restore the food so they'll survive the coming winter. Before long, the soldiers begin to connect with one another and form a strong bond with the locals. There's even a budding romance between Taek-gi and a kooky, carefree village girl, Yeo-il (Kang Hye-jeong). Unfortunately for everyone, UN forces believe that Smith was shot down by North Korean forces, and are prepared to bomb the region to protect an important supply route. Welcome to Dongmakgol was a surprise blockbuster in South Korea. The film marks the feature debut of writer/director Park Gwang-hyeon, and is based on a play by Jang Jin. It had its U.S. premiere at the 2006 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Subway Cinema.

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