Unlikely Friendships in the Demilitarized Zone
Join Security Area is a film about the friendship that develops between four soldiers, two from the North, two from the South, in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The story is told from the angle of a neutral investigator.
The four soldiers interact with each other as friends, putting aside any political or ideological divide. The tragedy is foreseeable and inevitable. It is tragic nonetheless. The cinematography and direction of this film was excellent.
This is a powerful film about the effects of a protracted war on the psyche of the nations embroiled in the conflict and how despite all odds, sometimes individuals decide to reach out to one another. One of the best Korean films.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
“I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum.
No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.”
— Prince Faisal
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
— Paul Rusesabagina