Joint Security Area (2000) is a South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. Its plot revolves around efforts to unravel the truth behind an illegal shooting at the politically and militarily sensitive North-South Korean border.
In the De-Militarized Zone separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin's magazine clip, amount to 16 bullets for a gun that should normally hold 15 bullets. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.
Awards and nominations
* Best film and best director, Blue Dragon Film Awards 2000
* Best Actor (won jointly by Lee Byeong-heon and Song Kang-ho) at the Pusan Film Critics Awards 2000
* Jury Prize, Audience Prize and Best Actor (Song Kang-ho) at Deauville Asian Film Festival 2001
* Nominated for best Asian film at the Hong Kong Film Awards 2002
* Best Film Grand Bell Awards 2001
* Runner up, Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film, and Special Jury Prize at the 27th Seattle International Film Festival, 2001
* Nominated, Berlin International Film Festival, 2001