The never-fading Dongmo Village

Ruby 2022-10-09 21:13:04

"Welcome to Dongmo Village" is adapted from the play of the same name by Zhang Zhen, a famous wizard on Daxue Road and Chungmu Road. It interprets the Korean War from a Korean perspective, reflects on the war, and is formed by intense war scenes and warm labor scenes. huge contrast. During the 6.25 War, the National Army, the People's Army and the US Army met unexpectedly in a remote small mountain village in Gangwon Province. The second lieutenant Pyo Hyun-chul (played by Shin Ha-kyun) who escaped the camp and the cowardly soldier Moon Sang-sang (played by Seo Jae-kyung) who were left behind are the national army, the captain Lee Soo-hwa (played by Jung Jae-young), the charismatic captain, the veteran Jang Young-hee (played by Lim Ha-ryong), and the young soldier Seo Ze-ki. It's the People's Army. Coupled with the US pilot Captain Smith (Stephen Taihuler ornaments). Being wary of each other, they were gradually assimilated by the kindness and simplicity of the residents of Dongmo Village, like a paradise. In the end, in order to protect the village of Dongmo from the bombing of the coalition forces, they made a concerted effort and risked their lives to implement a rescue plan. Finally gave up his life.


The film "Welcome to Dongmo Village" has two magic powers. One is the magic of "time" and the other is the magic of "language". The two magics merge at one point in the film. That was the moment when I felt so sad after laughing out loud. Because the villages he describes are suffocatingly beautiful, but the war scenes he shows are cruel and tragic, making people terrible to watch.

The film has just the right amount of "time". Sometimes it stretches like a rubber band, sometimes it freezes suddenly. Through such a performance method, the audience has a strong emotional explosive force. In "Welcome to Dongmo Village" there are 3 momentary scenes where time stops. One is the scene where grenades explode everywhere in the cornfield, and "popcorn" pops up in the sky; the second is the moment when the protagonists who are chased by wild boars work together to fight back; the third is the moment when the bomb falls like a flower petal on the protagonist who is trying his best to save the village next scene. These scenes left a lasting impression. These scenes are not only crucial moments when soldiers from the North and South (and the Allied Forces) who hate each other open their hearts, but also precious magical moments when the violence of war is transformed into friendship.

Dongmo Village reminds me of the "no shoes" village in "Big Fish". It is as quiet as Dongmo Village. There are children who are happy and playful, the elderly with peaceful eyes, and the villagers who are content with their work. ...
Such a "Peach Blossom Land" will never exist in real life, so it appears in the movie, so it makes people feel cherished and saddened
So it will never disappear...
It exists in a pure land in someone's heart, where it only takes root and sprouts, and can't see everything ugly, but it is on the edge of contradiction, the existence of peace...

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Welcome to Dongmakgol quotes

  • Teacher Kim: [in English] How are you?

    Smith: What?

    Teacher Kim: How are you?

    Smith: How do you think I am, huh? I mean, how do you think I am? Look at me, huh? I mean, look at me! I'm tied up with sticks here. You know, I feel like shit! Like shit!

    Village Chief: [in Korean] Not going well?

    Teacher Kim: It's strange. You can see, like it says here, sir.

    Village Chief: I can't read that.

    Teacher Kim: Yes, sir. Well, if I say

    [in English]

    Teacher Kim: 'How are you?', he should say

    [in English]

    Teacher Kim: 'Fine, and you?'. That's the right American answer, so then I can say,

    [in English]

    Teacher Kim: 'I'm fine'. Only then is this a completed thing. But he's a bit...

    Villager: Why isn't he doing as he should? Is he picking a fight?