Humanity will never die

Gerardo 2022-09-09 00:38:35

After watching "The Tai Chi Flag Flying", I have been shocked by Korean movies. And "Welcome to Dongmo Village" makes people's eyes shine again, interpreting the brilliance of human nature in another way.
Different from the realistic and tragic rendering of "The Taiji Flag Flying", "Welcome to Dongmo Village" satirizes and vilifies both sides of the war with a humorous and romantic mood, to interpret the concept of "humanity is beyond ideology". truth.
"Welcome to Dongmo Village" is the same as "Flying the Taiji Flag", and the background of the story is still the Korean War that has far-reaching influence on the modern Korean peninsula. In a brutal war environment, a dramatic story unfolds. On both sides of the war, three groups of people—South Koreans, Americans, and North Koreans, a total of six soldiers, came to Dongmo Village by coincidence. It seems that Dongmo Village does not clearly belong to North Korea or South Korea, but it is a paradise of "I don't know whether there is a Han Dynasty, no matter the Wei and Jin Dynasties". The director used an aesthetic approach to describe the scene of Dongmo Village. Adults, children and the elderly all wear traditional Korean clothing and live a traditional rural life of "men farming and women weaving". Men work in the fields, women cook and do laundry at home, and children play in small villages. The village is surrounded by mountains, the vegetation is lush, and the birds are singing in unison. Everyone lives in an old Korean-style wooden house, and they also use old stone mills to grind the noodles. But these pictures do not make people feel that this place is very backward and earthy. The use of bright colors and the cheerful expressions of the actors make the urban slaves submerged in reinforced concrete yearn for this pure and natural paradise. The movie starts with bright colors and cheerful music, giving people a fresh and comfortable sensory release.
Then came the troublemakers—three North Korean soldiers, two South Korean soldiers, and one American soldier. As soon as the soldiers of the South and North Korea meet, they are tit for tat, life-and-death. Under the logic of war, when the soldiers of the two sides meet, it is natural to fight to the death, which is nothing. But when the two ideological pawns collide in the peaceful and peaceful place of Dongmo Village, it gives a full sense of humor. The director just used the space background to replace, and put the original normal war behavior in a place where it should not happen, then the original normal behavior has become a comic. This lashes out at the very essence of war. As shown in the movie, the friendly people of Dongmo Village looked surprised, surprised, puzzled and even funny when they saw the hostile actions of the soldiers on both sides. If "Flag of Taiji" depicts the war as a brutal massacre, "Welcome to Dongmo Village" completely reduces the war to a farce.
Why is it funny? Because it seems everyone is against for against. When the soldiers of both Korea and North Korea stayed in Dongmo Village. From the original fierce mutual hostility, everyone gradually evolved into peace, then developed into communication, then developed into cooperation, and finally developed into friendship. The commonality of human nature can melt the ice of ideology. Humanity is beyond ideology. In particular, South Korea and North Korea are all ethnic groups with the same cultural background and historical tradition, but due to the manipulation of major powers, they have been artificially divided into two political entities and two ideologies. But people under both ideologies are still people after all. They still need to eat and sleep; they still miss their relatives, their hometowns, the boys among them will still fall in love with the girls, and the girls will still fall in love with the boys. This is human nature, something that any ideology can temporarily suppress and distort, but cannot be permanently eliminated.
In the movie, Moon Sang-sang, a hygienist of the Korean National Army, and Jang Rong-hee, a veteran of the Korean People's Army, share a deep friendship and are in love with their father and son. The People's Army soldier Xu Zeji fell in love with the crazy girl in the village; while the National Army Biao Xianzhe and the People's Army officer Li Xiuhua became friends who admired each other. Look, this is human nature. Here they are not North Koreans, not Koreans, nor any kind of National Army People's Army. They take off their military uniforms and put on Hanbok. They are all ordinary Koreans, and they are all kind peasants. So no matter how strong your ideology is or how strong your party spirit is, please remember that you are an individual first, and you need to have human nature and ordinary love and hate.
The guide used the fully humanized sieve of Dongmo Village to scour all the people on both sides of the original ideology, filtered out the party spirit in them, and left clean people behind. audience. And the audience can find the fun in the comparison of this group of people before and after, and can also find the ugly of war and the absurdity of politics.
Although the whole movie has been crazy and joyous, the tragic ending is more or less the director awakening the audience: the reality is not as beautiful as the movie, in reality we are still surrounded by ideological struggles, we are not like Rudong The villagers of Mo Village were also kept out of the way. In the end, the United States and South Korea allied forces mistakenly believed that a large number of North Korean troops were hidden in the mountains where Dongmo Village was located, so they planned to carpet bomb this area. The five Korean and Korean soldiers learned about this and decided to join forces to defend Dongmo Village. They went up the mountain together, created fake firepower points to attract American bombing, and saved Dongmo Village from a catastrophe, but they also died honorably. They are not fighting for a certain regime, nor are they fighting for a certain doctrine, they are fighting for the real, real people of Dongmo Village. If there's anything in the movie that praises war, it's the end of the fight for peace and quiet.
Like "Flag of Tai Chi", this film has no political stance. It is not because it is a South Korean movie that it deliberately demeans the Korean People's Army and raises the South Korean National Army. In fact, this film also vilifies the U.S.-South Korea coalition forces more than the Korean People's Army. The perpetrators of the ultimate crime are also the US-South Korea coalition forces, and they are also the biggest villains (especially the US officers who ordered the bombing of this area). From the point of view of the truth revealed by the film, this film is basically the same as "The Tai Chi Flag Flying". But its fresh and cheerful approach is eye-catching. Finally, we don't have to comprehend the ugliness of war and the beauty of human nature without tears. This is very commendable.

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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?