On Sept. 15, 1950 the beleaguered people of what would become the Republic of Korea (better known to the West as simply South Korea) saw the hope of freedom return to their land when ROK (Republic of Korea) and United States forces launched a surprise counter-attack at Inchon. The code name for this undertaking was “Operation Chromite.”
On Jan. 24, CJ Entertainment will be releasing DVD and Blu-ray editions of South Korean-born filmmaker John H. Lee’s (aka: Jae-han Lee) film of the same name, Operation Chromite.
The film had a late summer theatrical run domestically, which yields an ARR of 172 days. Domestic ticket sales (in its limited major metro theatrical break) were right at $1 million.
North Korea’s Russian-backed invasion of the south in June of 1950 had quickly taken Seoul and pushed ROK and US forces all the way to Pusan (aka: the Pusan Pocket; aka: Busan Pocket) on the southern tip of the peninsula. All seemed hopeless.
Lee’s Operation Chromite details General Douglas MacArthur’s (played by Liam Neeson) daring plan to retake the port city of Incheon, the gateway to Seoul, through the eyes of an elite ROK counterinsurgency unit headed by Lt. Jang Hak-soo (Jung-jae Lee — New World, Typhoon, Assassination, etc.).
The harbor at Incheon is known for it’s wide range of tides (high and low), which means that MacArthur’s plan to land forces and cutoff the North Korean army in the south has to be timed perfectly. But there’s another factor, the mines laid by DPK Navy in the harbor … this is Lt. Jang Hak-soo’s mission, find out their location at all costs. The freedom of South Korean depends on it!
Operation Chromite is not so much a war story, but an edge-of-your-seat spy-on-spy thriller as Hak-soo’s eight-man force must complete their mission — they are expendable — if their country is to regain it’s freedom. Basically, there is no tomorrow … succeed against impossible odds or die.
Operation Chromite is presented in Korean (with English dialogue for American forces) with optional English subtitles.