Front Line, The (2011)

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The Front Line (2011)

The Front Line (Korean title: Gojijeon/고지전) is a 2011 South Korean war film directed by Hun Jang. In the closing months of the Korean War, a South Korean Lieutenant (Ha-Kyun Shin) is sent to the eastern Aerok Hills to investigate the mysterious death of a company commander and uncover a suspected mole. There, he encounters an old friend (Soo Ko) leading troops and becomes involved in the battles to secure the Hills before the impending ceasefire.

The following weapons are seen in The Front Line:

Warning: Some Possible Spoilers Ahead!



Tokarev TT-33

A North Korean officer points a Tokarev TT-33 at Lieutenant Kang Eyun-Po (Ha-Kyun Shin) when he tries to prevent his friend Kim Soo-Hyeok (Soo Ko) from being dragged away from North Korean soldiers during a flashback to the early days of the Korean War.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
A North Korean officer points a TT-33.

Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is the standard sidearm for South Korean officers, and is used by Lt. Kang, acting Captain Shin Il-Young (Je-Hoon Lee) and replacement Captain Jae-Oh.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Captain Jae-Oh points a M1911A1 after seeing a 'North Korean' (a South Korean soldier who was wearing a North Korean uniform due to the cold).
Lt. Kang points a M1911A1 at MSgt. Yang Hyo-Sam (Chang-Seok Ko).
A M1911A1 is cocked.
A M1911A1 is pointed at Lieutenant Kim.

Mauser C96

North Korean Captain Hyun Jung-Yoon (Seung-Ryong Ryoo) uses a Mauser C96 as his sidearm.

Six shot Mauser C96 Broomhandle - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Captain Hyun points a C96 at one of his subordinates when he questions returning to battle before the armistice.
Hyun fires the C96 during the final battle.

Submachine Guns


North Korean soldiers use PPSh-41 submachine guns. Kim also captures a PPSh-41 when he seizes a North Korean position.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Then Pvts. Kim and Kang are captured by North Korean forces during fighting in August 1950.
Kim, disguised as a North Korean, holds the NKPA troops at gunpoint with a PPSh-41.
Kim fires the PPSh.
A North Korean soldier on the left holds a PPSh when the two sides surprise each other.


M1 Garand

South Korean troops are mostly armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Pvt. Nam Sung-Sik (Da-Wit Lee) holds a M1 Garand.
Soldiers prepare to fire a volley at a group of unsuspecting enemies.
A soldier provides covering fire with a Garand.
MSgt. Yang points a Garand at Lt. Kang during a standoff.
South Korean troops with M1 Garands charge towards NKPA positions.

M1-D Garand

Lt. Kim uses a M1-D Garand as his main weapon, occasionally with the M84 scope attached.

M1-D Sniper Variant with M84 scope - .30-06.
Kim holds the M1-D as Cpt. Shin tells him to provide suppressing fire while he charges the enemy.
Kim fires the M1-D.
Kim advances after a sniper attack.
Kim attaches a M84 scope to his M1-D during a sniper duel with Cha Tae-Kyung (Ok-Vin Kim).
Despite being shot in the arm, Kim uses it to brace his M1-D.

M1 Carbine

Lt. Kang uses a M1 Carbine throughout the film. Some South Korean soldiers also use them as well.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine.
Kang holds a M1 Carbine while waiting in a trench.
South Korean soldiers fire M1 Carbines while scrambling up a hill.
Kang searches for a sniper in the forest.
In a flashback scene, an officer holds soldiers at bay with a M1 Carbine during an evacuation.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Many North Korean soldiers use Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A wounded North Korean soldier attempts to grab his Mosin Nagant.
The North Korean points his Mosin Nagant at a surprised Pvt. Nam.
A soldier accompanying Captain Hyun holds a Mosin Nagant.
A North Korean fires a Mosin Nagant.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle

Cha Tae-Kyung (Ok-Vin Kim) uses a camouflaged Mosin Nagant with a PU 3.5x sight as her main weapon.

Full-length, Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with Russian PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mm R
The barrel of the Mosin Nagant sniper rifle.
Cha Tae-Kyung cycles the bolt after firing.
Cha holds her rifle as the two sides meet each other by surprise.
Cha fires the Mosin Nagant at close range.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Some North Korean soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M44 Carbines, distinguishable by their side-folding bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M44 - 7.62x54R
The North Korean soldier in the foreground has a M44.
North Korean soldiers hold M44 Carbines as they attempt to defend their positions.
A soldier holds a M44 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1891

A few North Koreans use earlier Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles. These rifles can be identified by the slightly raised handguard and Konovalov style rear sight.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54Rmm
A North Korean soldier on the left points a Mosin M1891 at a group of terrified prisoners.
A soldier holds a Mosin M1891 during a battle.

Machine Guns

Browning M2 HB (M51 Quad Mounted System)

In an early scene, an attack is launched against a North Korean unit which has captured a South Korean Anti-Aircraft battery featuring Browning M2 machine guns in a M51 Quad Mounted System.

Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
North Korean troops stand next to a captured M2.
Mk 2 hand grenades are dumped next to the M2 to destroy it as the South Koreans pull back.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2

Master Sergeant Yang Hyo-Sam (Chang-Seok Ko) uses a BAR M1918A2 in several scenes.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 - .30-06
Yang holds the BAR after a successful assault.
Yang calls for Pvt. Nam after coming with fire.

Browning M1919A4

During a flashback sequence, a younger Captain Shin fires a Browning M1919A4 machine gun.

Browning M1919A4 - 30-06.
A soldier fires a Browning M1919A4 mounted on a landing craft.
Shin fires the Browning.

Browning M1919A6

An ROK soldier can be briefly seen with a Browning M1919A6 before the climatic battle.

Browning M1919A6 - .30-06
The ROK soldier to the left holds a Browning M1919A6.

Degtyaryov DP-28

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine guns are seen in North Korean fortifications.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
A soldier dashes past an abandoned DP-28.

Maxim M1910/30

The North Koreans use Maxim M1910/30 machine guns while battling the South Koreans.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
North Korean soldiers fire a Maxim M1910/30.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

South Korean troops frequently use the Mk 2 hand grenade, first to destroy the recaptured AA position and later during the battles for the Aerok Hills.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A Mk 2 hand grenade is attached to Pvt. Nam's webbing.
Mk 2 hand grenades are dumped next to the M2 to destroy it as the South Koreans pull back.
MSgt. Yang holds a Mk 2 hand grenade.

Stick Grenade

North Korean troops use stick grenades during the battles.

A soldier clutches a stick grenade.
A North Korean soldier tosses a stick grenade.


M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher

Lt. Kim uses a M7 rifle grenade launcher in one battle to destroy an enemy bunker. He fires a Mk 2 hand grenade fitted with an M2A2 rifle grenade adapter.

M7 rifle grenade launcher
Mk 2 training grenade fitted with M1A2 rifle grenade adapter
Kim prepares to fire a rifle grenade.


Mortars are used by South Korean troops to repel an attack by Chinese forces.

South Korean troops fire mortars in the rain.
A soldier reloads a mortar.

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