This is a violent and graphic movie about Koreans fighting against the occupation by Japanese and features atrocities committed by them. The action is well directed. There is a feel good inglorious heroism vibe. Some slow parts but don't give up. The last third has some terrific chases on mountains and epic battles.
It is strange how people criticise and doubt the veracity of movies about Japanese atrocities but movies about WW2 atrocities in Europe by Germans are often universally praised. There are only a few movies about Nanjing and a fewer about the Occupation of Korea. More need to be made and watched by a wider audience lest people forget. Kudos to the Japanese actors who portrayed their own countrymen as villains.
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Based on the Bongo-dong battle in 1920, which remained a great victory within the Korean independence battles. In 1920, when Korea is under Japanese rule the Korean Independence Army's Hae-chul (YOO Hai-jin) and his subordinates are carrying out the operation to deliver funds to the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai. During the operation Hae-chul is reunited with Jang-ha (RYU Jun-yeol),a young squad commander, whose mission is to defend Samdunja. They unite and trap the Japanese soldiers in Samdunja, soundly defeating them. Now they're chased by Japanese troops and Hae-chul finds out that Jang-ha's mission isn't over yet. A crucial yet dangerous task is still assigned to him.
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