In 1998, first lieutenant Kim Hun meets his death in the joint security area in Panmunjeom, the place of truce between North and South Korea. There were suspicions, but the military doctors of forensic medicine and the US forces in Korea hastily label the case as suicide. The director uses interviews and other materials to refute the decision. Furthermore, the interviews uncover the blind spots of the investigation as well as the dark side of the military. The materials show how incomplete the investigation was, still leaving doubts. The director does not voice his opinions directly; instead, he uses others to reveal his intention. The movie comes to a painful conclusion that the military is still too secretive, embracing lies and hiding the truth. Narrations in the beginning and the end of the movie, both in the voice of the director but from the perspective of the lieutenant, are particularly touching. The voice implores the audiences that the truth be found, the voice of a soul wandering restlessly by the gate of truth. The voice is of a director who wants to find the truth. Occasional scenes of rows and lines show young soldiers and they warn that anyone of them can be the next Kim if the truth were to lie in the dark.
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