On June 29, 2002, elements of the North Korean navy came roaring across the “Northern Limit Line” — the boundary in the Yellow Sea established by the United Nations in 1953 — and attacked the South Korean patrol boat, PKM-357. Repeated warnings to turn back were ignored and without warning a pair of DPRK patrol boats charged and opened fire.
Thus began the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong!
It has been typical of the North Koreans over the years to instigate provocations. But in this case the provocation was designed to rain on celebrations in the south. South Korea was hosting the World Cup and the world was watching … so it was time to mess up their party!
This is the backdrop for director Kim Hak-soon’s action-laced Northern Limit Line, due out on DVD and Blu-ray from Well Go USA on Oct. 20. The battle is engaged and we are introduced to the gallant officers and men of the PKM-357 on an early summer’s day as they fought to save their ship.
The film is currently in theatrical release, which yields an ARR of 95 days for that Oct. 20 home entertainment date. Domestic ticket sales for this South Korean blockbuster currently stand at $249,918 (and growing).
This particular North Korean provocation did not go unanswered, although hit and casualties sustained, the PKM-357 returned fire and was quickly aided by additional naval forces that sent the DPRK patrol boats scurrying home. When the smoke cleared, it was six dead for South Korea, 13 dead for the north and the World Cup was a resounding success!
Northern Limit Line is presented in Korean with English subtitles.