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  • NR
  • 2003
  • 2 hr 15 min
  • 7.0  (4,730)

In 1968, the South Korean government launched a secret project to train a group of 31 death row prisoners to be assassins to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. This is the true story of Silmido, named after the island where the group was trained. The film starts with the introduction of the prisoners, who were selected for this mission because they were considered expendable. They are all depicted as desperate and hopeless individuals who have nothing to lose. The government assigns Captain Kang In-chan (played by Sol Kyung-gu) to train them. Kang is a tough and meticulous leader who believes in discipline and order.

At the beginning, Kang is frustrated with the prisoners because they resist his strict rules and do not take the training seriously. The prisoners are constantly punished and beaten for any mistakes they make. However, as time passes, Kang begins to develop a connection with the men as he learns about their backgrounds and personal stories. The prisoners begin to see Kang as a father figure and respect him as their leader.

As the training intensifies, the prisoners become more skilled and proficient in their abilities. They grow stronger and bond with each other. However, the stress and the pressure of the mission begin to take a toll on them. One of the prisoners, Lim Sang-ok (played by Sung-Ki Ahn), becomes disillusioned with the mission and decides to leave. Kang sees this as a sign of weakness and punishes him severely in front of the other prisoners.

The film also shows the government officials involved in the project as they try to find ways to eliminate Kim Il-sung. They are portrayed as cold and calculated, willing to sacrifice the lives of the prisoners for their own political gain. The government officials also try to keep the mission a secret from the public and other countries. They fear that if other countries find out about the mission, it could start a war.

As the mission gets closer, the prisoners are given fake identities and sent to North Korea to carry out the assassination. However, as they get closer to their target, they realize that the mission is a suicide mission. The government has no intention of bringing them back alive. The prisoners then decide to rebel against their leaders and refuse to complete the mission.

The film ends with a dramatic showdown between the prisoners and the government officials. The prisoners are shown standing up for themselves and fighting for their lives. The film concludes with an emotional scene as the survivors look back on their experiences and reflect on the choices they had to make.

Overall, Silmido is an intense and emotional film that explores the psychological toll of war and the sacrifices that soldiers make for their country. The film effectively captures the struggle of the prisoners as they try to complete their mission while still maintaining their humanity. The performances from the actors are strong and bring depth to their characters. The film is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas or war movies.

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    7.0  (4,730)