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South Korean Series: D.P. (Deserter Pursuit), Director: Han John Hee, 2021

South Korea is in constant conflict with North Korea, and is at high risk for a general flare-up. Due to the special situation, compulsory recruitment takes place for all men, similar to Israel. On the face of it, this is a culture of introversion and mutual respect with an army that has been in wide conflict since the Korean War. But the "D.P. (Deserter Pursuit)" series gives a different, more supervised and dark look. A young rookie, Han John Ho (Yong Ha In), who comes from a rainbow family, enlists in the South Korean army. We are exposed through his eyes to the difficulties that every rookie and soldier is exposed to. From the abuse of senior officers, young women (meaning that the adult soldiers abuse the new ones) to real physical violence. The most surprising of all is the corruption in the army. The commanders are self-interested and operate under the rug, treating their subordinates disrespectfully. The senior officers are incapable and do not tend to leave the office. Beyond the anthropological perspective, the series itself is very mediocre. The game is not particularly impressive, the plot, which each time chooses a different defector in order to be caught, is not very suspenseful, sophisticated or creates any kind of intimacy. Because the characters often behave in a selfish or robotic manner, it is very difficult for the Israeli audience to connect emotionally to the series. Despite the understandable disadvantages of "D.P. (Deserter Pursuit)", it offers a glimpse into the military experience of another culture and country, which is a kind of mirror to the experience that every Israeli experiences for three years of his life. Even if it only lasts one episode, still peeking through the keyhole will leave you with a lot of insights into what's going on with us.


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