• 电影名称 Crossing the Line

  • 中文名称 变节
  •  类型  纪录片
  •  国家  英国
  •  语言  韩语 / 英语
  •  时长  1 hr 34 min (94 min) (USA) / 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (South Korea)
  • 上映时间 10 August 2007 (USA)

Solid documentary that is interesting despite the limited appeal of the material

In 1962, the 20 year old PFC James Dresnok was serving in thedemilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea when he justheaded across in the northern side of the border. Captured by the NorthKoreans, Dresnok became the first of several American GI's to "defect"to the communist North and went on to be enormous propaganda tools tothe regime of the time. This film looks back on the life of Dresnok inNorth Korea and his importance within that regime.

It is hard to deny that this film will have limited appeal as one doeshave to wonder how well known the Dresnok defection is outside of thosefrom the US who were at a certain age in the early 1960's. I certainlyknew nothing of him but was drawn to the film by the chance of learningmore about the mostly inward and secretive North Korea. As such thefilm is quite interesting because it does give an insider's view whilealso having that insider being a westerner. However the film does notjust use Dresnok as the way in to the country but he is the focus ofthe film and this is both a strength and a weakness.

It is a strength in the way that he is a complex but likable characterwho is an interesting focus but it is a weakness in the way that myinterest was not really with him in the first instance. This does leaveus with an interesting film but one with a rather limited appeal,meaning that I did find it to be rather too long and occasionally hardwork when it is focusing totally on people who I have no knowledge ofor vested interest in.

Overall then a solid documentary that is reasonably interesting despitethe material having a limited appeal whenever it moves into specificterritory (which is the majority).
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