Hello! I’m k-bap and I’m a new recapper. I love Kpop, kdramas, and kimbap. Anyways, I watched 71: Into the Fire the other day, and decided to write a movie review. (It may contain some spoilers of who dies, but I don’t think it matters that much, since according to history, most of these soldiers died anyways.) Without further ado, let’s get down to business! (It’s real serious stuff. Really.)
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|Left: TOP; Right: Kwon Sang-woo|
First of all, the acting in this movie is really good. It feels realistic (though I’m skeptical on what I think is a country accent), and everyone plays their roles accurately and enthusiastically. I am quite impressed with TOP’s acting abilities. Not that he stellar, but I think he did an excellent job showing emotion through his eyes. I’m not always fond of idols acting, since, yunno, some of them can’t act, but TOP’s acting here really blew me away (maybe it was because I didn’t have high expectations to start with, but it is still outstanding). He plays Jung-bum perfectly as a silent student that saw the horrors of war (which is portrayed quite realistically, though without the guts and grotesque things. Which I’m thankful for.) Kwon Sang-woo, on the other hand, wasn’t bad, but I find it a little weird for someone his age to act as a student soldier. Besides that, he is fantastic as a brash and rude country thug.
|Left: Cha Seung-won; Right: Kim Seung-woo|
|Left: Hyung; Right: Dongsaeng (Kim Hye-seong)|
|Left: one of the three previously trained students; Right: radio/telephone boy|
“Omoni, I killed a North Korean soldier today. I was told that North Koreans are monsters with horned heads. But, those words from his mouth…he was looking for his mother."
Kap-jo, on the other hand, didn’t change that much. He was self-centered and brash, and to me, at the end of the movie, he is still brash, but a little less self-centered. He does learn to care about his companions and the people around him, as one of his friends die in the first attack. Kap-jo, however, is unbelievably courageous and has a very strong loyalty to his country, which makes him really shine. Though he knows that he faces a certain death, he still fights for freedom till literally the last moment.
|Some basic shots of the scenery (In LQ)|
Though most of the movie consists of fighting, I enjoyed all of the scenes immensely, not only the scenery but also the story. To me, the whole movie is mostly tightly woven, but it gets a little draggy near the end. Not very draggy, but more time is emphasized on the last few scenes. Which is no problem for me, but others may not appreciate it.
I don’t have much to say about the music, except that the music choices are fantastic and fit the mood beautifully. (I always feel bad when I choose not to mention the music, since music really enhances the film.)
|Oh Jung-bum's Omma and other villagers|
Anyways, this action-packed and thrilling film is one of my favorite Korean movies so far. If you have time, definitely go watch this movie! You won’t regret it (unless you really hate war movies). Even though I’m a frugal person, I will buy the DVD of this when I get the chance. Really. Plus, Into the Fire gets extra points for TOP eyecandy.
I hope you liked my first film review! I know it’s not perfect (far from it), and if you have any suggestions on how to improve, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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