If you’re like me (which you’re probably not) and enjoy history as much as you do a historical representation and story on screen then you will enjoy 71: Into the Fire. Its based on a true story about a specific group of “student-soldiers” and a pivotal battle during the Korean War. Excellent cast + acting (namely Kwon Sang-Woo and T.O.P from Big Bang) and direction (John H. Lee). Its on my short-list of great war films which is mostly comprised of work by Clint Eastwood.
“The film is based on a true story of a group of 71 undertrained and undergunned student-soldiers for South Korea during the Korean War, who were all killed on August 11, 1950, during the Battle of P’ohang-dong, while defending P’ohang-dong girls’ middle school, a strategic point for safeguarding the Nakdong River, from an attack by overwhelming North Korean forces for 11 hours.” (Wiki)
Aside from the general plot summary and background information of the events its based on, I don’t really want to say much storyline-wise because its just one of those movies you have to watch. The movie depicts part of the Korean war, how these student-soldiers come together and the events they face. Simply put its a historical-war movie.
While the above is a good theatrical trailer with English subtitles I have two more to share that can put the film into greater perspective. The first is perhaps more war/action oriented and the second is perhaps more war/dramatic (English commentary) oriented. I suspect the commentary in the second trailer listed above may be words from a letter written by one of the 71 deceased soldiers (which inspired the movie) — which makes the film all that more special and impacting. True stories and events deserve to be told with integrity and respect.
aparoo says 5/5 for a movie that depicts: war. brotherhood. countrymen. emotion. conflict. courage. death.