Welcome to Dongmakgol
Based on the long running play by Jang Jin, the story is set in Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Soldiers from both the North and South, as well as an American pilot, find themselves in a secluded and naively idealistic village, its residents unaware of the outside world, including the war.
Soldiers end up in a village where the residents are unaware that a war is going on, they don't even know what a weapon is. The ending, when the surviving soldiers are fighting off bomber planes and become outnumbered, they accept the fact that they're done so they stand up, smile at eachother, and watch bombs go off all around them as if they're fireworks (filmed beautifully in slow-mo). Also there's a spellbinding scene where a grenade goes off and the village's corn supply rains down from the sky as popcorn. Very amazing cinematography, with my boy Shin Ha Kyun giving a great performance.
An engrossing war movie with an effective anti-war message, Welcome to Dongmakgol shows that even arch enemies can become the best of friends.
Visually gripping Korean war drama.