(aka "The Coast Guard" or "Hae anseon" )

 

directed by Ki-duk Kim
South Korea 2002

 

Jeong-hak Kim is the poster boy for the coast guards, a military squad guarding the border to the north against spies and invasions, a born killer, completely indoctrinated by his own sense of purpose, patriotism and a military hard-on. When he kills a civilian, believed to be a North Korean spy, he is given a medal and send on vacation, but is left alone with his guilt and trauma of having killed another human being. Returning to the base, he is found unfit to serve and is discharged.

The last in Kim’s trilogy of male identity, The Coast Guard is a flawed, yet powerful examination of duty versus conscience. As the insanity of the soldier escalates, the story equally becomes more absurd towards each action becoming an abstraction for Kim’s motifs, ending with Jeong-hak Kim standing guard within Seoul.

 

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: November 14, 2002 (Pusan International Film Festival)

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DVD Comparison:

Korea Pictures/Enter One - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Korea Pictures/Enter One

Region 3 - NTSC

Tartan
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:35:10 1:35:22
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.76 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Korea Pictures/Enter One

 

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Tartan

 

Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean, DTS Korean

2.0 Dolby Digital Korean, 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean, DTS Korean

Subtitles Korean, English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Korea Pictures/Enter One

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Kim and Jang
• Making of (36:53)
• Music Video (4:24)
• TV Spot (0:31)
• Trailers (1:20, 2:11)
• Stills Gallery

DVD Release Date: March 17, 2003
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Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Introduktion by Kim Ki-Duk (1:14)
• Breaking Down Borders (3:54)
• Music Video (4:24)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:20)
• Tartan Trailer Reel

 

DVD Release Date: July 24, 2006
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Chapters 11

 

 

Comments Comparing Enter One to Tartan, the latter has a - perhaps too - heavy dose of contrast boosting, edge enhancement, and generally its share of compression artefacts. Additionally, the image lacks sharpness in detail and is a PALified version of their NTSC transfer. As with their release of Address Unknown, this is another substandard release from Tartan.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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Region 2 - PAL




 

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