Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this action film set during the Korean War, a crude and brutal sergeant (Everett McGill ) has a sense of morality fixed at an altitude of about three feet above the gutter on his best days. Yet as time goes on, he is miraculously transformed into the shining opposite as though his defects were no more serious than a hangnail. His unit seems to suffer from the same moral blindness, except they are not brutal. The Dutch soldiers underneath him are sexually occupied with a Korean refugee woman and her daughter when a Chinese contingent launches a surprise attack. At this point, some viewers will be cheering for the Chinese. There is not much action in spite of this moment of combat, most of the movie centers on dialogue.
battle-fatigue, behind-enemy-lines, escape, survivor, war-atrocities