Friday, February 1, 2013

71 Into the Fire (Movie)

This is a Korean war movie. If you want to see a good movie or just a war film in particular, this may be the right pick for you. This really showed you how courageous young people could be at a time when they need to protect and serve their country as well as to survive themselves. This movie was based on a true story of a group of 71 student soldiers that were not trained and not well equipped who held back an attack for 11 hours at P'ohang-dong girls' middle school that ended up being a strategic point for safeguarding the Nakdong  River from the attack of North Korean forces. The end of this movie even had one or two people that are now a lot older, who were actually student soldiers at this battle and they spoke of how scary it was to see a large amount of people running at them. It was a really good movie that truly touched me and I will always remember this movie.
           Oh Jung Beom is played by Big Bang Top. He is a young teenage student who has already been in battle with other soldiers and witnessed the death of comrades and was with the leader at the hospital when the leader passed away. Traumatized, he walks out of the hospital, and sees many teenagers who had come to defend their country. These 71 teenagers were inexperienced and started off acting as if everything was just a game.  They had never shot a gun and were very cocky.
         Oh Jung Beom, still a student himself, was forced into the position of being a leader of this student-soldier unit since he has had combat experience at the war front. Not all of the student soldiers listened to him as there were three students that were cocky, knew how to fight, and were considered bad students. These students differed in personality. Some were strong and others were nerdy kids. They were taught how to fire a gun and most didn't even have the experience. The other soldiers that were more experienced left for the war front and these student-soldiers were left at this middle school to defend this point. However, after fighting a few battles together, getting to know each other, and live with one another, they became closer and they became more serious overtime.
        However, they were attacked by a large North Korean army. These students all became heroes in the end and they managed to hold out against the advancing North Korean army for 11 hours before help finally came for them. The students all died heroic deaths. The bad students actually left the middle school saying that they will all die if they stay. However, during the battle, they came back after stealing a tank from the North Korean army and they stood together during the battle. Everyone took part and they even made bombs with what they had. It was a touching story as it shows how much these students went through and how hard they fought to protect and defend their country and how they managed to actually secure their area which led to a turning point in the Korean War.
      This movie was a beautiful true story, portraying those brave and courageous student-soldiers.

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