A Guide to Films on the Korean War

A Guide to Films on the Korean War

A Guide to Films on the Korean War

A Guide to Films on the Korean War

Synopsis

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Excerpt

The “police action” in Korea (1950–1953) lasted for three years and cost more than 54,000 American lives before an armistice agreement was signed. An uneasy truce has continued between the North and South ever since. This conflict resulted in the highest intensity of casualties, the most for the shortest period of time, of any war save when Americans fought Americans in the great Civil War. More than half of those who were held as prisoners of war (POW) died in captivity. the fate of the thousands of soldiers reported as missing in action (MIA) still remains a mystery. the names and faces of some Americans who served in Korea appear as prisoners in the recently opened Russian archives.

Yet the action took years to be recognized as a war. Nearly half a century passed before a monument was built in the capital of the United States. and today, soldiers from both sides are still dying along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas.

This Asian war has justly been called the “forgotten war.” Any major bookseller today can make available to the reader hundreds of books on the Civil War, this many or more on World War ii, and several score written about the long war in Vietnam. But it will be the extraordinary collection that has more than a dozen works available on the Korean War. the same is true for films about the war. While more than 500 of the approximately 1700 movies made between 1940 and 1945 were about World War ii, the Korean War generated less than one hundred films and no more than three dozen during the war.

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