This movie is a WOW.
The film is based on a true story of a group of 71 undertrained and under-armed, outgunned student-soldiers of South Korea during the Korean War, who were mostly killed on August 11, 1950, during the Battle of P’ohang-dong. For 11 hours, they defended the local P’ohang girls’ middle school, a strategic point for safeguarding the struggling Nakdong River perimeter, from an attack by overwhelming North Korean forces, specifically the feared 766th Unit.
I like war movies. But into the fire is not just a combat epic, but it makes you feel nationalistic. Aside from the awesome stage battle sequences, marvelous shots, the tragic and comic and classical cinematography style, the story marks the essence of courage, pride, brotherly love, and self-sacrifice.
The film shows us how people struggle to fight, live and die in war. The 71 students have the different background with each story to tell. As they have exposed from the horrors of war, they fought for a common reason. Indeed, they became a real soldier as they stand on the ground together while trusting on their own knowledge to form a defense system to protect their field.
The pace of storytelling is almost faultless. Character development is exceptional. Great acting is highlighted. You can feel the sense of willpower and desperation throughout the film, the triumph over sadness, the life offered for a great cause.
A must watch movie that was amazingly heartbreaking and beautiful.