Jung Hae In reveals the dark side of the Korean military


Jung Hae-in as soldier An Jun-ho in DP

Director: Han Jun Hee
Writer: Kim Bo Tong
Actors: Jung Hae In, Shin Seung Ho, Go Kyung Pyo, Kim Sung Gyun, Son Seok Koo
Language: Korean with various subtitles

All South Korean men are required by the law of their country to serve 21 months of enlisted military service.

Bullying, hazing, abuse of power, laxity and even sexual abuse in the military are all themes explored with young director Han Jun Hee, who adapted DP from his original web comic and is determined. to expose the dark belly of the South. Korean military.

Jung Hae In (Something in the Rain) plays An Jun Ho, a pizza delivery boy who voluntarily enlists in the military to escape his abusive father and victimized mother, to get more than he bargained for in the barracks of the military police. .

DP grasps and manages to skillfully balance many themes, including that of patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and the strict, almost regimental hierarchy that rules South Korean society.

Jun Ho is one of two new recruits who are constantly intimidated in the barracks, being the lowest in the pecking order. Sergeant Hwang Jang Soo (Shin Seung Ho) towers over the rest of the men, forcing them to do menial jobs and physically abusing them on a whim.

Still, the reprieve and opportunity comes in the form of Regimental Sergeant Park Beom Gu (Kim Sung Kyun), who recognizes Jun Ho’s ability and agility, and offers him a position in the Deserter Pursuit unit, or DP, whose sole purpose is to hunt and hunt down army deserters, and bring them back.

This is a relief for Jun Ho, as being in the DP helps him escape the abusive clutches of the men in the barracks, and at the same time, he is allowed out of the camp, paired with a senior soldier.

Through the deserters hunting episodes, Jun Ho learns to find himself and fight his own childhood demons through failure and success. He learns to follow orders from a respectable superior through his first failed assignment with Corporal Park Sung Woo (Go Kyung Pyo), and bonds with his quick-witted new partner, Corporal Han Ho Yeol. (Koo Gyo Hwan).

Anyone who has served the military in any way can attest to hazing and intimidation in one form or another, and DP does not hide the violent inductions soldiers face from their superiors. even in the higher ranks.

Sergeant Park Beom Gu finds himself at odds with the camp’s new deputy commander in the form of Captain Im Ji Seob (Son Seok Koo), a figure who climbs the ladders and seems only interested in pursuing his military career.

In various attempts to curry favor with the Camp Commander (Hyun Bong Shik), Captain Im decides to interfere with the DP’s missions, earning him the wrath of the competent Sergeant Park.

For a K-drama, DP is executed masterfully and sends a stern warning message to those in power, but also provides a heartwarming source of encouragement for underdogs to stand up to those who abuse their authority and to stand up to themselves. fight to protect the weak and the displaced. .

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