The Coast Guard (film)

The Coast Guard (film)
The Coast Guard

The Coast Guard movie poster
Hangul 해안선
RR Haeanseon
MR Haeansŏn
Directed by Kim Ki-duk[1]
Produced by Kim Dong-joo
Lee Seung-jae
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Jang Dong-gun
Park Ji-ah
Cinematography Baek Dong-hyeon
Editing by Kim Seon-min
Distributed by Korea Pictures
Cineclick Asia
Release date(s) November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22) (South Korea)
Running time 94 minutes
Language Korean
Budget $1,000,000

The Coast Guard (해안선 - Haeanseon) is a 2002 South Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk. The film deals with military atrocities and the absurdities of borders and conflicts.



Kang Sang-byeong is a member of the South Korean coast guard who is eager to shoot a North Korean spy. One evening he shoots and kills a South Korean civilian who has strayed into a forbidden zone to have sex with his girlfriend. Kang and the girlfriend of the dead civilian both have mental breakdowns. The woman believes the members of the coast guard are her dead lover, and engages in sexual affairs with them. Though commended after the shooting, Kang is dismissed from the coast guard. He then returns to kill other members of his troop. In the end he goes to Seoul and kills people at random with his bayonet.[2]



  • FIPRESCI Prize: Kim Ki-duk, "For the strong and innovative depiction of the illusion of power which destroys humanity on both sides of the fence."[3]
  • Netpac Award: Kim Ki-duk
  • Town of Karlovy Vary Award: Kim Ki-duk



  1. ^ Infobox data from Hae anseon (2002) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Synopsis from Seibert, Perry. "The Coast Guard" (in English). Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-12-12. ; "Coast Guard, The; synopsis" (in English). Retrieved 2007-12-13.  and 해안선 (The Coast Guard) (DVD). Seoul: 엔터원. 2003-02-18. , viewed December 12, 2007
  3. ^ Awards from "Awards for Hae anseon (2002)" (in English). IMDB. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 



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