War

Hun Jang – Go-ji-jeon AKA The Front Line [+extras] (2011)

Towards the end of the Korean War an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hills fierce fighting continues. A race to capture a strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. A bullet is then found in the body of dead company commander of the South Korean army. The bullet that killed the company commander belongs to the South Korean army. Lieutenant of the Defense Security Command Kang Eun-Pyo is ordered to go out into the Eastern front line and investigate the murder. Read More »

John H. Lee – Pohwasogeuro AKA 71: Into the Fire [+extras] (2010)

Synopsis:
A story of 71 student soldier trainees who fought an impossible war against seasoned North Korean army during Korean War which broke out in 1950. Based on real history, the film delicately depicts the fierce battle that teenage student soldiers fall into as they fight to protect the final defense line by themselves when under a surprise attack and their emotions and conflicts as they experience the grown-ups’ war. Read More »

André Singer – Night Will Fall (2014) (HD)

Synopsis
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army cameramen, revealing for the first time the horror of what had happened

Using British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to make a film that would provide evidence of the Nazi’s unspeakable crimes. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US governments, the film was shelved. In this compelling documentary by André Singer (executive producer, The Act of Killing), the full story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, which has now been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums, can finally be told. Read More »

Pierre Schoendoerffer – La 317ème section AKA The 317th Platoon (1965)

Director Pierre Schoendoerffer grippingly brings the close of the French war in Indochina to the screen in his portrayal of two officers and a group of Laotian soldiers serving under them in 1954. The inexperienced Lt Torrens, in overall command, has just arrived in Vietnam, and is reliant on his adjutant Willsdorf, an Alsatian who fought with the German Army during World War II. When the platoon is ordered to abandon a highland outpost and rejoin larger French forces, they soon find themselves behind enemy lines, outgunned, and in the path of a crushing Viet Minh offensive… Read More »

André Cayatte – Le passage du Rhin AKA Tomorrow Is My Turn AKA The Crossing of the Rhine (1960)

Paris, 1939. War is about to be declared any day. Roger works in a bakery and Jean is a reporter for the magazine L’Espoir. The two men have nothing is common other than the war which is soon to engulf their lives. Although Jean is engaged to be married, he is determined to fight for freedom and does not hesitate to enlist in the army. The less idealistic Roger is soon called up to defend his country. The two men are taken prisoner during hostilities and meet whilst crossing the River Rhine. They quickly become friends. By pretending to be farmers, they are sent to a German village to work for a family. Roger accepts his situation because he is attracted towards Helga, the daughter of the house. But Jean has no other idea than to escape Read More »

Claude Chabrol – La ligne de démarcation (1966) (HD)

1941. A little town in the Jura is cut in half by a river that forms the border between Nazi-occupied France and the free zone. Read More »

Je-kyu Kang – Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo AKA Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War [+extras] (2004)

Synopsis:
In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae’s fiancé Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative’s house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. Read More »