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(aka "R-Point" or "Ghost Soldiers" or "Arpointeu" or "Alpointeu" )

 

directed by Su-chang Kong
South Korea 2004

 

Transmissions from Batallion 53 start making their way through the radio waves six months after they disappeared. Choi (Kam Woo-seong, SPIDER FOREST), who is still recovering from the physical and psychological effects of a battle of which he was the only survivor, is put in command of a unit appointed to find the missing Batallion who seem to be somewhere in R-Point, a long-abandoned military outpost that both sides refuse to enter. They trek through the endless fields until they come across a derelict temple built by the Chinese upon the graves of slaughtered Vietnamese locals. Soon the soldiers are seeing things, but are they all apparitions or are there other things to worry about at R-Point besides their states of mind (which is dangerous enough since the soldiers are all armed). The film has more in common with the pair of British supernatural war horror pics THE BUNKER and DEATHWATCH than any more historical films about the Vietnam war. Like the aforementioned two, the location (actually a French colonial structure since the film was shot in Cambodia) here and the surrounding holy ground exert a SHINING-like influence on the soldiers (the film version of THE SHINING includes a throwaway bit in the dialogue about the hotel being built on an Indian burial ground) and their own past tragedies become conflated with the area's violent past, causing them to turn on one another. Although derivative and trading on the usual post-RINGU/JU-ON Asian horror stylistic elements, R-POINT builds its mood nicely and does manage some chills (including one bit revealed through dialogue rather than restrained visual effects or make-up) and some good scares.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 13 August 2004

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DVD Review: Palisades Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Palisades Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:47:24
Video

1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Korean DTS 5.1; Korean Dolby Digital 5.1; Korean Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Palisades Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.81:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Su-chang Kong, Kang-Hyuk Choi and Wan-Shik Kim
• Mission R-Point (4:3; 30:19)
• Broken Radio (4:3; 13:17)
• 1972 Vietnam (4:3; 9:59)
• Special Effects (4:3; 9:58)
• Original Trailer (4:3; 1:51)

DVD Release Date: January 17th, 2011
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

The 2011 release of R-POINT from Palisades Tartan under the title GHOSTS OF WAR appears to be a port of the Tartan 2005 release (with replacement title card). While it is too an NTSC-PAL transfer, the Palisades Tartan disc retains all of the extras from the previous edition (including an English-subtitled audio commentary by the director, producer, and location manager).

DTS and Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 tracks are all bold and atmospheric. The optional English subtitles are in a different font from the original Tartan edition.

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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