October 02, 2022

‘Northern Limit Line’ about more than past inter-Korean clash

Politicians rush to exploit movie set 13 years ago, depicting fatal naval clash on day of pivotal World Cup match

A recently released film has raised controversy in South Korean society and political circles, though this may be expected considering its subject material.

Northern Limit Line (NLL), named for the inter-Korea naval boundary that has been the scene of several deadly clashes, realistically depicts the battle between two Koreas on June 29, 2002, during the FIFA World Cup South Korea co-hosted with Japan. As South Koreans everywhere concentrated on the score of the soccer match to determine the third-place finisher, the Second Battle of Yeonpyong was raging. The Northern side had suddenly attacked, and six South Korean soldiers were killed.