Welcome to Dongmo Village

Demarco 2022-09-29 11:33:29

When I was a child, I watched revolutionary movies and saw the Chinese People's Liberation Army beat the Kuomintang reactionaries to pieces, and the joy I felt in my heart was nothing to mention. At that time, it was naive to think that everything in the world could be positioned at the extremes of "good" or "evil". Of course, PLA uncles will always be called "good guys", while the KMT troops are downright "bad guys". Our childhood was therefore spent carefree in this "good guy and bad guy" gun game, beautiful and long.

After growing up, I found that the so-called world is far from simple and simple as imagined. In the face of survival, many people have already betrayed their ideals and sincerity, and chose another hypocritical way to be humble and try to live. As a result, when we were quietly brought to Dongmo Village, a paradise so pure that there were no disturbances and distractions, the momentary sense of clarity and freshness immediately surrounded the whole body and mind, and sighed that there is such a holy place in the world, even though It can only exist in movies.

When three downtrodden North Korean officers and men meet two South Koreans, also wounded in the war, and a U.S. Air Force lieutenant at "the wrong time and the wrong place in the wrong way", cruel The war gave them different positions and hatred made them draw swords in an instant conditioned reflex, and beside them were the dumbfounded and inexplicable residents of Dongmo Village. The director used an extremely exaggerated contrast to highlight the drama of this scene. The heavy rain that followed was even more appropriate, and the five sergeants were willing to be scumbags but not willing to "reconcile". The scene where the villagers turn the grenade into a potato is also very funny. The most interesting thing is the accidental bombing of the granary and the gorgeous and beautiful cotton rain after that: Under the white flakes in the sky, the silly village girl played by Jiang Huizhen dances gracefully, which is the most moving part of the whole film a picture. She is a mortal angel, a simple and simple beauty that we simply cannot match.

In order to make up for the destroyed food, five sergeants were forced to stay in Dongmo Village to harvest crops in the blue sky and green grass together with the villagers. Under the beautiful picture, the North Korean and South Korean officers and soldiers began to slowly close the distance. At this time, with the sudden appearance of wild boars, the funniest scene of the film came like this. North Koreans, South Koreans, Americans, villagers in Dongmo Village, men, women, children... all of them worked together and finally subdued this ferocious wild boar. People laughed like children, 6 soldiers roasted wild boar around the campfire and ate... The next morning, 6 military uniforms of different colors and countries were neatly and peacefully drying together, in the wind Waving happily.

Beauty is always fleeting and fleeting. The U.S. military went around looking for information about the missing air force lieutenant and the transport plane, and they even began to send airborne troops to infiltrate Dongmo Village. At this time, several soldiers had completely dispelled the estrangement and got along well with the villagers of Dongmo Village. Unfortunately, it still happened. Unwilling to betray the six soldiers, the villagers of Dongmo Village were brutally violent by American and Korean soldiers, and the innocent village girls were unfortunately also poisoned. The 6 sergeants who were once "lost" were angry. At this time, they finally found a reason to take up arms and fight again, not for some bullshit politics and nihilistic beliefs, but to protect this last uncontaminated pure land! "We all have sins, and it's time to pay them back," the North Korean officer said calmly. Saying goodbye to the folks in Dongmo Village, they launched a final counterattack against the US Air Force bombing team. This is also the most tragic scene in the whole film. In the raging battle, several soldiers snuggled together with a smile on their faces. This is a smile that even the god of death dares to despise. "If we don't meet in such a war time and space, I think we should be good friends!" The normally unsmiling South Korean officer who killed civilians because of mechanical obedience to orders shouted loudly, he could finally say goodbye to this dog day with a smile war. And the youngest North Korean soldier still thinks about the silly village girl until his death. If there is an afterlife, they should be a happy couple, right?

Without overwhelming advertising and anti-war sentiments, "Welcome to Dongmo Village" touched 8 million Koreans.

PS: War and politics are always the two most controversial things in the world. Especially the former, which always builds happiness on the suffering of others. As an individual, how does one find so-called meaning in war? The slogans are shouted out by the ruling class or warmongers, but everyone involved in the war sacrificed his own blood and soul. This is the greatest cruelty of war: it always makes the entire population continue through the sacrifice of individuals. The war on the Korean peninsula more than 50 years ago, many people are now reluctant to judge. At least for us Chinese, the position is even more embarrassing. Defending one's own sovereignty in someone else's land makes me shudder just thinking about it. However, putting these aside, in film and television works, especially anti-war works, what we can most easily see is the description of the devastation of war on individuals. This film is also no exception. Although the ending is slightly sensational, as a director's debut work, it is not easy to control the plot and other aspects. The mode of this film is somewhat similar to a road movie. It is a process of a group of lost people looking for themselves. The difference is that this film also reflects and jokes about the war in a comedic way during this search process. The ending of South Koreans and North Koreans uniting against the American plane seems to have some intriguing and profound meanings. Anyway, it's a good movie and worth recommending to those around you.

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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?