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Joint Security Area
Directed by Park Chan-wook • 2000 • South Korea
Starring Lee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho
Superstar director Park Chan-wook achieved his first major success with this masterful mystery thriller, which explores the complex relationship between North and South Korea with searing humanity. Sent to investigate a shooting that has left two North Korean officers dead in the demilitarized zone between the two countries, a Swiss-Korean envoy (Lee Yeong-ae) uncovers a tangled web of conflicting accounts that conceal a powerful, unexpected truth. Upon its release, JOINT SECURITY AREA shattered box office records in South Korea and became the country’s highest-grossing film of all time.