Unlikely Friendships in the Demilitarized Zone

 
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
— Douglas MacArthur
 
 

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.