Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War
The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.
The climactic battle in the movie was a part of the Battle of P'ohang-Dong, from August 5-20, 1950. Savage fighting broke out as the North Koreans attacked the U.N. forces, consisting of American and South Korean soldiers, in an attempt to take the town of P'ohang-Dong on the northeast corner of the Pusan perimeter. Despite being pushed back initially, the U.N. forces regrouped and eventually defeated the North Koreans, forcing their retreat. It was a turning point in that it effectively broke the back of the North Korean offensive, which was beginning to suffer from superior U.N. support and a lack of manpower and supplies.
During the opening urban battle, a North Korean soldier armed with what appears to be a rocket launcher uses it to knock out a South Korean machine gun nest. The projectile launched leaves a white smoke trail as it darts across to its target. However, the weapon is really an M18 57mm recoilless rifle, more of a small artillery piece, firing a shell, not a rocket, that does not leave a smoke trail behind it. It is also extremely unlikely that a North Korean would be using one; M18s were never used by the North Koreans in the Korean War, or at the very least in 1950. The M18 used in the film is also clearly deactivated, as it lacks a breech at the rear of the weapon.
$77,161 1 August 2010