Joint Security Area Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Joint Security Area Script



Presented by CJ Entertainment



Co-financed by

KTB Network &



A Myung Film Production



Directed by PARK Chan Wook



LEE Young Ae



LEE Byung Heon



SONG Kang Ho



KIM Tae Woo



SHIN Ha Kyun



Three days have passed since

the hostilities at JSA.



Efforts to hold a joint investigation

between the Koreas have failed,



but recently negotiators

achieved a key breakthrough.



Authorities from both countries

have agreed this afternoon



to comply with an

investigation by the NNSC.



Tensions have been running high



amid suspicions of a

Northern nuclear program



and the advance of U.S.

naval vessels into the East Sea.



Both Koreas recognize the need



to handle the recent conflict

calmly and objectively,



and to avoid having this

trivial matter escalate into war.



In accordance with the agreement,

the NNSC is planning to dispatch



Swiss and Swedish law officers

with practical experience in this field.



If a battle starts,

shoot the bastards.



You couldn't kill even one?



You call yourself a soldier?



I thought my primary mission

was to rescue Sergeant Lee.






So that's why you

couldn't aim straight?



Was your order to

shoot down trees?



My order was to scare them off

and give cover to the rescue team.






You sure you weren't

the one scared off?



I didn't want to start a war, sir.



What? A soldier afraid of war?



You stupid...






Reporting, sir!



War doesn't break out that easily.



Now go.



Yes, sir!



This incident...



...isn't it rather obvious?



Some commies kidnap our soldier,



and claim he crossed over voluntarily.



- Am I right?

- Correct, sir!



Our boy... what's your name again?



Sergeant Lee Soo Hyuk, sir!

Right, Soo Hyuk.



Let's wrap this up quickly so Soo Hyuk

can take a leave of absence.



Our boy here took out

two of the bastards.



He's a hero!



Wouldn't you say, Major Jean?



Your opinion will be noted

in the investigation.



The NNSC will now be

taking custody of the suspect.



No South Korean military officials

may enter without my permission.



Neutral Nations

Supervisory Commission?



There are two kinds

of people in this world.



Commie bastards...



and the Commie bastards' enemies.



Neutral has no place here.



You have to choose sides.



You're from law school, right?



I trust you'll make a wise choice.



I'm Major Sophie Jean from Switzerland.



This is Captain Perrson from Sweden.



He's still in shock.



He was hit with a blunt object.



That bruise proves

that he was kidnapped.



- Deposition -



Get down!



He looks like one of ours!



Soo Hyuk! Soo Hyuk!



Right over the

Military Demarcation Line.



Doesn't it seem a bit acted out?



This is where Lieutenant

Choi's body was found.



And that's where Private Jung fell.



A basement bunker...



Private Jung was a talented artist.



He even won a prize in a national contest.



He was popular among the soldiers

for drawing their girlfriends.






As soon as Lee Soo Hyuk

left our post,



Southern soldiers

stormed in as if on cue.



It's a good thing that

Sergeant Oh survived.



Otherwise the South would

go on spouting lies,



calling it a

North Korean provocation.



That's exactly what

they're saying now.



Who's going to believe it?



We have a witness.



Don't get up.



This is Major Jean from the NNSC.



Are you okay?



No big deal. It's nothing.



This is from a terrorist in Libya.



Sliced me with his knife.



Once in Egypt, I had to scrape

out shrapnel with a gun spike.



Wanna see?






Shall we take a look?



I'm glad you're okay.



Now then, can you

tell me about that night?



It's all in my deposition.



You mean the deposition you

made and signed while barely conscious?



Stupid wench.



What did you just say?



Why is it you all have depositions,

but nobody will talk to me?



Hey Lieutenant,

tell us about your vacation.



It was the same as any other.



It was nothing special.



Get down!



Shot twice.



Once in the right chest,



crushing the ribs

and passing through the lung.



But that wasn't the fatal shot.



The second one was the real killer.



Judging from the angle,

it was shot at point blank.



As for the next one...



A total of eight shots.






Shot from such a close range,

they went right through him.



The first shot hit his face,

probably killing him instantly.



The rest were just

shot into a dead body.



Lee Soo Hyuk.



Now there's a man.



I can see that.



Once while he was on duty,



those guys over there

cursed our president.



When Soo Hyuk heard this,



He took a rock and

smashed their window.



So I rounded up my

men and then told him



''All right! Way to go!''



Once he got left behind

on a search mission.



Man, the squad was in uproar.



Four hours later he shows up again.



Says he stepped on a mine

and had to dismantle it.






Anyway, I knew then.



This guy, he's something else.



Nerves of steel, I tell you.



Nam Sung Shik,



you were on duty with Sergeant

Lee on the day of the incident.



- Right?

- Yes, ma'am!



I'm not deaf.



Why did Sergeant Lee go out alone?



An urgent call of nature.



Can a soldier leave

his post for that?



He said people with constipation



should seize a chance

when it comes.



Please load the gun

as you would normally.



So you refuse to say anything?



I visited the North side

and saw the corpses.



If you just wanted to escape,

why shoot a man   times?



I brought photos of the bodies.

Do you want to see them?






I don't want to see them.



You've got a nice voice.



Your fellow soldiers say you're

very quick with the gun.



Are you really that fast?



Will you show me?



What's important in

battle isn't speed.



It's carrying yourself

with composure and bravery.



That's everything.



Alright, then.



Can you load the gun

again, just like before?



Are you really a Swiss soldier?



Does Sergeant Lee talk much

about army life?



He tries to, but I don't let him.



Has he ever talked

about, for example...



How he went

on any missions,



or if he got special training?



Special training?



Can you zip me up?



Soo Jung, you don't

worry about Sergeant Lee?



We're not really that serious.



What kind of person is he, in a word?






Oh, you can tell by

how he treats my brother.



Since we were kids my brother

never had many friends.



But after enlisting, things got

much better, thanks to Soo-Hyuk.



He's very warm-hearted.



Probably because he grew

up poor, like us.



Wait a second...



Your brother?



You didn't know?



Private Nam Sung Shik,

they're in the same platoon.



He kept asking me to

meet Soo Hyuk, so I did.






Is there something on my face?



No, not at all.



There were    bullet wounds on

the three North Korean soldiers.



   bullets were recovered at the scene,



but one was never found.



It's a missing bullet.



There were   left in your gun.



If you add these up,

  and    make   .



Since you aren't in the habit

of loading an extra bullet,



   matches the number

you had to begin with.






what's this one bullet?



It was neither shot by you

nor recovered later.



Yet it pierced through

a soldier's body.



If someone hid the bullet,



it means he's afraid it might

reveal whose gun fired it.



In other words,

there was someone else,



a fifth person at the scene.



What do you think of my theory?



Sometimes they set fires on

the DMZ for good visibility.



One night we burned

a reed field.



And all the mines blew up like fireworks.



Then, another time...



Was Private Nam with you then, too?



This is the beretta you had

when you were rescued.



Everyone assumed that

this was your gun.



I requested an inquiry

on the serial number.



This gun belongs to Private Nam.



Pvt. Nam said his gun broke during

the rescue and fired only once.



The beretta M-  is an automatic,



so the slide cocks back

after each shot.



It broke right here.



You know all this, right?

You're the weapons expert.



I inspected the gun registered to

you that Private Nam returned.



An antimony-barium reaction on the

gun revealed more than just gunpowder.






After the first shot, the slide

retracted and then stuck.



And blood from a body

splattered right here.



and blood splattered

right here.



The analysis results matched

with Private Jung's blood sample.



The bloodstains right here...



weren't visible, and so they

weren't wiped off.



Sergeant Lee, have you heard

of the Keeler Polygraph



Also known as a lie detector.






Thank you.



Here's checkpoint  .



And this is checkpoint  ?



Hey, what are the

coordinates here again?



If we're here...



We're at checkpoint   sir.



Those coordinates aren't on the map.



Are you saying we crossed over?



Give me that.



We're fucked.



Retreat quickly,   o'clock!



Sergeant Hwang!



Sergeant Choi!



Help me...



I told you not to bring that

damn dog, you stupid shit!



I didn't bring him!



You shut up.



I'm stepping on a mine.



We could all die.



Watch out! Careful, there...



Don't come any closer!



One more step, and I'll trip the wire.



Hey assholes!



You just gonna leave me here?



You told us to go.



I said don't come closer, when did

I say to leave, you fuckers!



Save me!



A grown man,

crying like a baby...



Sergeant Oh!



What if...



Let's just go.






Take it.

It's a gift.



Let's go.



You too, puppy.



Watch yourself now.



About that mine...

Don't even talk to me.




Just out to save yourself...



Well, it was just...









We got your rabbit's

dick right here!



Hey, hey.



Your shadow's over the line.



Watch it.



You writing to Soo Jung?






I didn't thank you for

your help last time.



It was rude of me, brother.



Oh, can I call you brother?



I've always wanted a brother.



''After hearing 'comrade' all the time,



it's nice to be called brother.''



''My hobby is baseball.



I was a pitcher in high school.''



''I'm enjoying the tape you sent me.



Han Dae Su was hard to take

at first, but I like it now.



Kim Hyun Shik is good, too.



But don't you have any

female singers down there?''



I didn't mean it...



I thought I'd write to

him too, as a joke...



I never thought he'd actually come.



What kind of a crazy fool would...



Good-bye, then.



Wait, I didn't mean for you to go.



You've done a great thing.



After half a century of division,



you have breached our tragic history

of agony and disgrace,



broken the dam to reunify

our country. Comrade Lee Soo Hyuk!



We welcome you.



I'm sorry.



You got a promotion?



Thanks to me you've lived

to become sergeant, right?



If I died, I'd have moved

up to staff sergeant.



Imagine if I'd had the nerve

to remove my foot?



I'm the one who saved your lives.



You're full of shit.



Move your army out of the way.



Then we can go head to head

with those damn Yankees.



Only two years and two months?



Damn, we serve for    years!



I'm pretty quick with the gun.



I'm bored all the time

so I practice a lot.



That water pistol?



Hey, just quit pissing

your pants around mines.



Yeah, you're pretty fast.



But have you...



ever shot a man before?






I have, several times.





Please Stop.



Our comrade's been everywhere



Africa, the Middle East...

He trained soldiers for    years!



You didn't know, did you?



That's right, huh?



Hey, Sergeant Lee.



What's important in battle isn't speed.



Combat skills? No such thing.



It's carrying yourself

with composure and strength.



That's everything.



Then what's a great soldier like you

doing guarding this post at your age?



Hey! You still have that

mine fuse I gave you?



Don't lose it.



A Hold onto that and

even bullets will pass you by.






Why do you always go

crazy over American things?



Try it, and you'll see

why Yankee stuff is so great.



Must've been expensive.



It's also good for picking

stuff out of your teeth.



Lay down.



I said lay down!






I told you about this American shit...



What are you doing there

away from your post?



It's not that, we were...



You idiot!



You think you're something

because you've been abroad?



You think this is a playground?



You're at the very front line

of our republic! The front line!



Hey. Take that damn

dog to the butchers.



Lunch for tomorrow.






Our people count on us.



Don't let them down, okay?



Take care of yourself.



Go on.



Watch out for landmines.






I said go!



Hey! Hey!



There's more food

on the other side!



That guy's so funny.



Sergeant Lee.



You're really handsome.



Tell me something I don't know.



Spit it out.

You expect me to read your mind?



Must be nice. Only three

months left to serve.



Nope,    days.



I'm worried about the

rest of my time here.



Hey, you want me to introduce

you to some friends?









Forget it.



Do I have to go?






Hey, after half a century of division...



Um... overcoming our history

of agony and disgrace,



We're gonna open the dam

to reunification. Okay?



Could we maybe open it later?



I've heard a lot about you.



I'm Oh Kyung Pil.



Hey. Private Nam.



You feel warm.



Ah! Feels warm.



Sergeant Lee.



Come on.



What's wrong with people

of the same blood



getting together and

playing some games?



Is that such a crime?

I mean, did we commit adultery?



Or give up military secrets?



We don't even know any secrets.






Southern army...



Out of the way...



That's it!



Damn! I told you we

should use pebbles!



What's so hard about this?



Wow! It's standing!






Pay up.



My father died young.



So I'm the only man in the house.






She's pretty.



Is she really yours?



Don't you have anyone, brother?

Come on, show us!




Don't be ridiculous.



But remember what

that soldier who defected said?



Guards at the border are trained

to draw us to their side.



You're wrong.



He saved my life.






Why can't our republic make

moon pies like this?






I was just wondering...



Don't you want to come down South?



You can eat Choco Pies

till you burst.



I mean, only if you want to.



Lee Soo Hyuk.



I'm only going to say

this once, so listen well.



My dream is...



That one day, our republic...



makes the best damn

sweets on this peninsula.



Got it?



Until then, all I can do is...



dream about these Choco Pies.



Forget it. You're all talk.



Stop it.






Sung Shik, stop these

Commie bastards!



You don't need to rub it,

just wipe it on with this.



Take them off.



First, shake it well like this.



Then you just spread it on.



This is how you do it. Like this.



Then after it dries, do it again.



Alert! Alert!



Hey! Hurry up over there!



Move your asses!



At   :  



we obtained word that



Northern troops are massing

along the entire border.



We're at DEFCON  .




You chicken?



Keep your cool, okay?



Just think of it as

shooting off a round.



That's all it is, alright?



Sung Shik.



Let's not go over anymore.



It'll be Jung's birthday soon.



And you're almost out.



We should at least say goodbye.



After I'm out,



don't ever go there alone.



Got it?



Brother, that day...



Was the North really

going to attack?



How should I know?



The Yankees were about to bomb us.

We supposed to just sit there?



So don't make any

nuclear arms or missiles.



Hey, do I make them?



Why are you getting angry?



Stop talking about war.



Everyone just write

a letter to your parents.



And one to Soo Jung, too.



If war really broke out,



would we have to

shoot each other, too?



How about we write each

other certificates or something?



''We hereby certify that Nam

Sung Shik served the republic.



Signed, Sergeant Oh Kyung Pil

and Private Jung Woo Jin.''



Something like that.



That's good idea!




What a waste of time.



If the Yankee bastards

play their war games,



we'll be obliterated.




Three minutes into the war, both

countries would be destroyed.



A total wasteland.

Don't you get it?



I see.



Man, this song reminds me of my mom.



Tell me,



Why did this singer

have to die so young?






Let's have a toast...



to singer Kwang Suk.



[exchanging address]






Oh, nothing.



Hey, squeeze in.






Aren't you going?



We have to go.



Let's go.



Hey dummy.



I taught you once,

and you still can't do it?



No matter what ,

I can't get it to shine.



Let me see.



A soldier's has to get

it right the first time.



I can't do this for you forever.



Oh, wait.



Happy Birthday.



Thank you, comrade.









You're crying!



I can't help it.



I have something

for you guys, too.






Where'd it go?



What is it?



What the hell did you eat?



Hey, open the door. Open it!












Why does he want to postpone

the cross-examination?



Then tell this to General Pyo.



Whether Private Nam takes a leap,



or Sergeant Lee falls

not shock, it's not my concern.



I don't have time to

pamper the suspects.






Here are your depositions.



Read it and tell me if you

want to change anything.



Oh! I'm sorry.



This is correct.






You recognize this?

It's the crime scene.



Lieutenant Choi Man Soo.



Sergeant. Oh Kyung Pil.



And Private. Jung Woo Jin.



How many Southern

soldiers attacked the post?



Only one.



Are you sure?



I'm sure.






This is Sergeant Lee Soo-Hyuk.



Do you recognize him?



A Southern puppet.



What is this?



What's going on here?



This is another soldier presumed

to have been at the scene.



He's in a coma, so

he couldn't make it today.






With what evidence?



During his interrogation, when told

he would take a lie detector test,



Private Nam attempted

suicide on the spot.



We have no choice but to

consider this as a confession.



Therefore, I propose we start

the investigation all over again.



We didn't come here to

listen to your stories.



Please, stop!



You son of a bitch!



You capitalist bastard!

You know how long I've waited for this?



Damn puppet!



You know how long?



Take your hands off!

I'll show you the power of our republic!



You capitalist pig!



Son of a bitch!

Traitor to the people!



- Yankee puppet!

- Sergeant Oh!



Long live the Chosun Labor Party!



Our honored leader...



Long live Supreme Commander Kim Jong-Il!



I'm sorry to make you come.

I know you're still ill.



This states my dismissal from the

JSA case from midnight tomorrow.



I heard about your father.



So you heard my father was

a North Korean general?



How does that make you feel?



Like a friend.



I still have a bruise,



but you're clean.



Your grip must be stronger

than Sergeant Oh's.



Alright, the real show starts now.



Watch carefully.



As soon as I met Soo Jung,

I knew I had seen her face before.



And it wasn't hard to

fingure out who she was.



This is a picture drawn

by Private Jung.



And this...



This picture was found

on Private Jung's body.



If the missing bullet

broke Private Nam's alibi,



then this missing face



proves that the four soldiers

must have been friends.






These are two completely

different reports.



Which one I submit is up to you.



If you tell me the truth,



I won't leave any of this information for

my successor.



Is that a threat?



It's a deal.



I don't care whether

I go to jail or get a medal.



So what can you offer me,



if I tell you the truth?



Someone you tried

to protect till the end...



Sergeant Oh's safety.



Comrade Choi, please calm down.



I'll explain everything.



What's going on here?



Please, put the gun down.

You too, Soo Hyuk!



You bastard!



I put you on guard and you

screw around with these puppets?



Arrest them now!



They came here to discuss

coming to the North.



I'll take care of everything.



Hey, Jung Woo Jin!

This is a direct order.



These scumbags are our enemies.

Disarm them now.



Shoot them!



I'll take full responsibility.

Don't move!



Do what I say now,



and I'll overlook

this treasonable act.



Do it now!



Comrade Oh, I'm sorry.



Soo Hyuk.



Put your gun down.



There's no other way.



No way.



I'll help you come to the North.



You can live with us







Put the gun down first

and we'll talk.



Fuck that!



You know better. This

asshole can't be trusted.



You said it yourself,

that he's an ambitious prick.



He'll kill us both and say we

infiltrated enemy territory.



I promise I'll protect you.



You still don't trust me?



Sung Shik, you trust me.

Talk to him.



Could this be a trap?



Soo Hyuk, brother!



You remember when Comrade Oh

saved you from the mine?



Don't you?



Please put the gun down, okay?



Fuck it!



Fuck this 'brother' shit.



We're enemies, after all.



You said I was chicken, right?



Fine, see if I can kill

this bastard or not.



Just watch.



Hey, Soo Hyuk!



We're all going to die this way.



Let's start over.



Put your guns down together.



You too, Woo Jin!



Just put them down.






Something's not right.



Listen to me.



Say you were kidnapped

and then escaped.



You were never here.

Got it?



Now go.

There's no time!






Soo Hyuk...



Who the hell's that?



He looks like one of ours!



Get down!



Soo Hyuk! Soo Hyuk!



Cover us!

You bastards!



Hurry up!



Hold your fire!



Cease fire!



So that's how Private Jung

ended up dying on his birthday.



I don't think about the dead.



Do you think you can forgive

Private Nam and Sergeant Lee?



May I have one?



If this had happened

at a Southern post,



I would've shot first.



I heard you're being discharged.



How does it feel

to leave Panmunjom?



Sgt. Lee is being sent

to Yongsan Hospital today.



Do you have a message for him?



He's made good use of it.



He said he's going

to quit smoking.



You know that missing bullet?



Sgt. Oh threw it into the

reservoir with the cassette player.



I guess I've left

a stain on your career.



It doesn't matter.



I chose to fail.



Oh, there was one inconsistency

in Sgt. Oh's testimony.



He said Pvt. Nam didn't kill Pvt. Jung.



It was you.



It all happened so quickly,



you must have remembered it wrong.



Or Sergeant Oh made a mistake.



But what does it matter who

shot a second quicker or later?



I hope you get well soon.



Thank you.



Directed by PARK Chan Wook

Produced by LEE Eun & SHIM Jae Myung



Director of Photography: KIM Sung Bok



Editor : KIM Sang Beom

Music : CHO Young Wook




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