Military Train

군용열차

Military Train
Film info

Director: Suh Kwang-je
Cast: Mun Ye-bong, Wang Pyong, Dok Wun-gil
66 mins, 1938

The most problematic of the colonial products were the ‘military recruitment’ films. Prior to 1938, Korean men had been forbidden for joining the Japanese military but this all changed as the second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and then later the Pacific War (1941-1945) got underway. Designed to encourage Korean men to join the army, these films sought to appeal to both the men themselves and their families about the positive benefits of the military life. Military Train follows two young friends who drive military transport trains with tragic results. Focusing on the railway, Military Train opens with dynamic train sequence before presenting a tale of love, betrayal, loyalty and espionage.