R-Point (Korean알 포인트) is a 2004 South Korean psychological horror war film written and directed by Kong Su-chang. Set in Vietnam in 1972, during the Vietnam War, it stars Kam Woo-sung and Son Byong-ho as members of the South Korean Army in Vietnam. Most of the movie was shot in Cambodia. Bokor Hill Station plays a prominent part of the movie, in this case doubling as a French colonial plantation.[2][3][4] In 2011, Palisades Tartan re-released this film on DVD under the title Ghosts of War.[5]

Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationAl pointeu
McCune–ReischauerAl p‘oint‘ŭ
Directed byKong Su-chang
Written byKong Su-chang
Produced byChoi Kang-hyeok
Chang Yoon-hyun
StarringKam Woo-sung
Son Byong-ho
Oh Tae-kyung
Park Won-sang
Lee Sun-kyun
Ahn Nae-sang
Kim Byeong-cheol
Jeon Kyeong-ho
Mun Yeong-dong
CinematographySeok Hyeong-jing
Edited byNam Na-yeong
Music byDalpalan
Distributed byCinema Service
Release date
  • 13 August 2004 (2004-08-13)
Running time
107 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box office$6.7 million[1]

Plot Edit

In January 1972, at a South Korean base in Nha Trang, Vietnam, a missing platoon sends a radio transmission from R-Point, a strategic island near Saigon. Lieutenant Choi receives orders to lead a squad, including Sergeant Jin Chang-rok, on a mission to extract the missing soldiers within a week. In return, they will receive an early honorable discharge and a clean record for Choi, who had previously shown insubordination.

Upon arrival at R-Point, the squad is ambushed by a Vietnamese woman and discovers a week-old corpse. The next day, a mysterious, deserted French Plantation appears near their base. Corporal Joh Byung-hoon gets separated from the group and encounters other soldiers, mistaking them for his unit. When he reunites with his comrades, he shares his sighting of the missing soldiers, but they dismiss his claims.

Later, while repairing the radio, Corporal Byun Moon-Sub intercepts a transmission from a nearby French unit. A French army corporal named Jacques claims to have a twin brother named Paul, raising suspicions as their squad is the only one present. That night, American soldiers arrive and warn the Koreans about supernatural forces in the plantation's second floor, cautioning them not to touch anything.

As the soldiers celebrate with a radio dance party, they suddenly hear terrified screams recorded on the radio. On the second day, they find Private Jung's hanging corpse and report the incident to headquarters, only to learn that Private Jung was one of the missing soldiers they were sent to rescue. Lieutenant Choi begins experiencing visions of the Viet Cong woman who had ambushed their platoon.

Sergeant Oh encounters the ghost of his deceased friend, panics, and accidentally falls into a booby trap, resulting in his death. The unit divides into two groups on the fourth day, discovering a crashed Huey helicopter with decomposed American corpses, revealing that the soldiers they previously encountered were ghosts. Mistaking Sergeant Mah for a ghost, a terrified Corporal Joh accidentally shoots and kills him.

Returning to the plantation, they search for American supplies on the second floor but find it deserted, confirming the presence of supernatural entities. Realizing that R-Point is haunted, they call for rescue, but the earliest helicopter can only arrive by dawn the next day. Sergeant Jin seemingly returns, warns against their presence at R-Point, and beheads Sergeant Park before being shot by the soldiers. Lieutenant Choi orders everyone to verify their identities.

Corporal Byun, seemingly possessed, is shot by Lieutenant Choi but not before pulling the pin from a grenade, blinding Sergeant Jang. As the lieutenant tends to Sergeant Jang, Corporal Joh, also possessed, shoots Corporal Lee. Lieutenant Choi kills Corporal Joh, leaving only the two of them. In Sergeant Jang's pocket, they find a photo of French soldiers with the Viet Cong woman, revealing her responsibility for the deaths of the French garrison and the American soldiers.

Lieutenant Choi then instructs Sergeant Jang to aim his rifle at him and fire, knowing he might be possessed. The next morning, the rescue team finds Sergeant Jang alone with the corpses of the other eight missing soldiers.

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Release Edit

Marketing Edit

Before the film was released, the film makers conducted viral marketing to promote the film. The official website, www.rpoint.com, carried several fictional articles such as a journal written by an American war correspondent, statements made by various soldiers who witnessed events portrayed in the film, radio transmissions supposedly received by Korean soldiers, Internet news links about missing Korean soldiers in Vietnam and a fictional timeline of R-Point.

Reception Edit

R-Point receives mixed reviews, with the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes offers as "Rotten" a score of 55% from 11 critics, and a rating average of 6.11 out of 10.[6]

Awards and nominations Edit

2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards[7]
2004 Korean Film Awards
2005 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Sound - Kang Joo-seok, Lead Sound
  • Nomination - Best New Director - Kong Su-chang

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "R Point - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (19 August 2004). "R-Point puts fresh spin on the horrors of war". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ Kim, Hyun-jung (17 May 2016). "R-Point". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ Kim, Kyu-hyun (27 February 2006). "R-Point movie and DVD [review]". www.ohmynews.com via Hancinema. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Ghosts of War". Amazon co uk. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  6. ^ R-Point (2005), retrieved 11 January 2021
  7. ^ "R-POINT". www.cinemasie.com.

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