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  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review
  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review
  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review
  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review
  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review
  • A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review

A Hill in Korea 1956 war film review


A Hill in Korea (1956, United Kingdom)

Original / alternative title: Hell in Korea

Running time: 81 minutes

Categories: infantry filmslast stand filmssiege films

Language: English

During Korean War platoon of British infantry gets trapped on a top of a hill surrounded by Chinese army. Their only option is to fight to the last man.

Lieutenant Butler leads his platoon of infantry during Korean War - they are retreating after China has joined the conflict and millions of their soldiers are pushing south to support North Korea. Butler and his men arrive to a nearby village, but the huts seems to be deserted. While the soldiers search them for supplies one of them is killed by a bomb planted in one of the huts. Butler decides to leave immediately and while they were crossing an open space they spot larger Chinese unit that hasnít detected them yet. Sergeant Payne wants to make use of the position they are in - he sets up machine gun on top of dune and drags enemy into crossfire. Inexperienced Chinese officer leads his men straight into the ambush and they all are dead. While Payne is slowing down the enemy rest of the platoon retreats to a top of a hill, where they discover a temple. Soon they realize they are cut off by Chinese and that temple is now their last stand. With no other option they prepare the defence positions and wait...

British war film based on the Max Catto book is a look on the situation that arose during Korean War when Chinese joined the conflict and suddenly United Nations forces had to retreat in chaos to avoid being crashed by the advancing Chinese Army. Since British soldier were mostly conscripts their morale wasnít as high as the officers would like, on the other side the officers themselves were not prepared to deal with new situation. The film itself is unfortunately forgettable - despite good premise and good cast (including young Michael Caine) the story lacks originality and depth.

Our rating

5.2 / 10

Film value

5 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

2 / 5

Wars and battles in A Hill in Korea

Korean War

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