Starring: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Tae-kyung Oh, Won-sang Park,
Seon-gyun Lee, Nae-sang Ahn, Byeong-cheol Kim, Kyeong-ho Jeon &
Yeong-dong Mun

Director: Su-chang Kong

Synopsis: During the Vietnam War, a South Korean army base begins
receiving mysterious radio transmissions from a patrol that went missing six
months earlier. A shell-shocked commanding officer and a ragtag military unit
are sent into the desolate stretch of land known as R-Point to gather clues as
to the whereabouts of the missing soldiers. What appeared to be a clear search
and rescue mission turns into something far more terrifying than any battle.


Review:

From the writer of "Tellmesomething," first time director Su-chang Kong (who
also wrote the script) brings us Korea's highest grossing film of 2004. When it
comes to war movies you do usually suspects things like death, guns, fighting
but what one usually won't suspect is ghost seeking revenge and stalking
them. R-point tells the story of Choi Tae-in, a shell-shocked Lieutenant who is
assigned to lead 8 other men to R-point/ R-point is a mysterious area of
Vietnam. Their task is to find a platoon of soldiers who had gone missing 6
months before. Offered the chance to go home after the mission, the soldiers
jump to get their job over and done with. Soon after arrival, the group realizes
that they may or may not be alone on this island after all after one of them is
found dead.

This is one of those movies we've heard about before, but knew very little as to
what it was actually about. Luckily for me I was able to get a copy of it. I've
been interested in this movie many months ago when I first heard about it. I'll
tell you this, if I hadn't known this was a ghost story I would have assumed it
was one of those war rescue movies like "Saving Private Ryan". But this is a
ghost story, which is why I'm reviewing it for you. Part of me felt that this is
was a movie that I've seen before. I think it was because of the style of the
movie. It looked a lot like most of the other war movies that sit on our local
blockbuster shelves. Perhaps it was the realism of the movie that I enjoyed
most. This film displays the inner struggle that the soldiers have after they get
out of the battlefields of Vietnam. Now the characters are stuck battling
something almost as horrible as war.

This movie also has a deep meaning behind it. Like some of the other war
movies out there, this one went more into how the soldiers were starting to go
psychotic. Now that I think about it, the movie reminded me a bit of the 1990
release "Jacob's Latter", which also tells the story of a Vietnam vet and the
after effects of war on a supernatural level. R-point also goes into the
superstitions that Korean's have about disturbing dead bodies. This being a
war movie and all, it happens to lack on actual battleground sequences. But
you still are aware that there is a war going on just through the dialogue and
actions in the movie. Luckily there isn't a lack of gore. If you watch the special
features they actual show a bit of the make-up effects and what was not used
for the dead bodies.

The acting in this movie was great. The actors actually went through a bit of
military training for their roles in the movie. You can see a bit of that in the
making of featurette on the DVD. Woo-seong Kam (who you may or may not
recognize from the Tartan release 'Spider Forest') was fantastic as the
character of Choi Tae-in. He's the one who lead's the group on their mission.
Also Tae-kyung Oh, who played young Dae-su in Oldboy stars in this release as
well. I did enjoy this movie a lot and I would recommend it to fans of both
Jacob's Latter and Dog Soldiers. Or perhaps to anyone else who enjoys war
movies like Full Metal Jacket. I also recommend this to anyone who's up for
seeing a different kind of ghost story.


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Overall: 7/10
Genres: Action, Horror

Rated: R

Country: South Korea

Year: 2004

Runtime: 110 minutes

Studio: Tartan Video

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