The Marines Who Never Returned

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The Marines Who Never Returned
The Marines Who Never Returned.jpg
Poster for The Marines Who Never Returned (1963)
Hangul
Hanja 돌아오지 않는
Revised Romanization Dolaoji anneun haebyeong
McCune–Reischauer Toraoji annŭn haebyŏng
Directed by Lee Man-hee[1]
Produced by Won Seon
Written by Jang Guk-jin
Starring Jang Dong-hwi
Choi Moo-ryong
Koo Bong-seo
Lee Dae-yup
Kim Won-ha
Jeon Gye-hyeon
Kang Mi-ae
Jeon Young-sun
Music by Jeon Jong-kun
Cinematography Seo Jeong-min
Edited by Kim Hee-su
Distributed by Dae Won Films
Release date
  • April 11, 1963 (1963-04-11)
Running time
110 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

The Marines Who Never Returned (Hangul돌아오지 않는 해병; RRDoraoji anneun haebyong; aka Marines Are Gone) is a 1963 South Korean film directed by Lee Man-hee. It was released in the U.S. in 1966 as Marine Battleground.[2] For this film, Lee was given the Best Director award at the third Grand Bell Awards ceremony in 1964. The film was also given the awards for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

During the Korean War, a squad of Marines from the South battle Chinese forces in the North, and are killed off one by one. At the beginning of the film, a young girl Young-hui and her mother desperately try to run for their lives from the Chinese soldiers. The girl's mother is shot dead but soldiers rescue Young-Hui in time and they immediately hide her from their higher-ranking commanders. Young-Hui is then instructed to continue hiding when she is delivered to their camp, out of fear that the general will send her to an orphanage.

The first half of the film centers on the Marines focusing on entertainment and looking after the young girl to alleviate the burden of the war. Afterwards, the Marines depart Young-Hui and head to the mountains to go into heated combat to confront the People's Volunteer Army.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from Toraoji annun haebyong (1963) on IMDb and "Marines Are Gone ( Dora-oji Anneun Haebyeong )(1963)". KMDb Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Release dates for Toraoji annun haebyong (1963)". IMDB. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  3. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "The Marines Who Never Returned (1963)". www.koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2007-12-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Synopsis from "Marines Are Gone ( Dora-oji Anneun Haebyeong )(1963)". KMDb Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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