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71: Into the Fire

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71: Into the Fire
포화 속으로
Movie Poster
Country South Korean flag.jpg South Korea
Directed by John H. Lee
Release Date 2010
Language Korean
Studio Taewon Entertainment
Distributor Lotte Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Oh Jang-beom Seung Hyun Choi
Ku Kap-jo Kwon Sang-woo
Captain Kang Suk-dae Seung-woo Kim
Major Park Mu-rang Seung-won Cha

71: Into the Fire (Korean title: 포화 속으로) is a 2010 South Korean war film, directed by John H. Lee. Set during the darkest days of the Korean War, it tells the true story of 71 undertrained South Korean student soldiers who defended the P'ohang-dong school against the 766th Vanguard Regiment of the North Korean Army over 11 hours on August 11th, 1950.

The following weapons were used in the film 71: Into the Fire:


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 pistol makes an appearance in the hands of Captain Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) during the opening battle. Other US and South Korean officers carry it holstered.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Cpt. Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) holds his Colt M1911A1.
Cpt. Kang fires his M1911A1.
Cpt. Kang reloads his Colt M1911A1.
Close-up of the M1911A1.

Luger P08

One of the 766th Vanguard Regiment officers carries a Luger P08, which is odd because most captured German weapons were sent to the Kremlin after World War II.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
On the left, the 766th Vanguard Regiment Senior Lieutenant (Sangwi, or equivalent of a US Army captain) carries a Luger P08.
Close-up of the Luger.

Nambu Type 14

The Nambu Type 14 pistol can be seen in the hands of several North Korean officers, most notably their commander, Major Park Mu-rang (Seung-won Cha).

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Major Park Mu-rang (Seung-won Cha) draws his Nambu Type 14.
The 766th Independent Infantry Regiment captain (that is, equivalent to a US Army captain) aims his Nambu at Major Park, accusing him of treason.
Close-up of Major Park's pistol.
Mu-rang fires his Nambu. Note the hammer has drawn back, meaning the weapon has expended its magazine.

Submachine Guns


Some North Korean soldiers and student soldiers are seen wielding the PPSh-41 submachine guns. Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) fires a captured one during the school battle. Park Mu-rang (Seung-won Cha) also uses the PPSh-41 during the final battle, notably to kill a Captain who bosses him around.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A North Korean soldier fires his PPSh-41.
A North Korean soldier fires his PPSh-41 at the student soldiers.
Close-up of the PPSh-41 in action.
North Korean soldiers firing their PPSh-41s.
A North Korean child soldier struggles to clear a jam on his PPSh-41.
A North Korean child soldier with his PPSh-41.
A 766th Vanguard Regiment officer with his PPSh-41.
Park Mu-rang (Seung-won Cha) orders his men to attack whilst holding his PPSh-41.
Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) fires his captured PPSh-41.
Kap-jo fires his captured PPSh-41 at North Korean soldiers on the rooftop.


M1 Garand

Most of the South Korean soldiers, US soldiers, and student soldiers use M1 Garand rifles, most notably Student Soldier Captain Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) and Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo). This was the main service weapon of the US and South Korea during the war.

M1 Garand - .30-06
A South Korean soldier fires his M1 Garand.
A crate of M1 rifles.
An instructor shows the recruits the consequence of not keeping their thumbs clear of the action.
A student soldier struggles to work his M1 as his buddies watch.
Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) aims his M1 Garand.
Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) aims his Garand.
A pair of sentries on watch with their rifles.
1st platoon unleashes a deadly volley of fire with their M1 Garand rifles.
Kap-jo fires his M1 Garand.
A student soldier reloads his M1 Garand. Note that it appears to be genuine .30-06 rounds being loaded and not blank cartridges.
A student soldier fails to heed Jang-beom's advice and catches his thumb between the bolt and receiver while reloading.
M1 Garand with M7 bayonet - .30-06
Student MP Dal-young (Hyeong-tak Shin) with his M1 Garand, fitted with an M7 bayonet.

M1 Carbine

Some of the South Korean soldiers and US soldiers wield the M1 Carbine with both 15 and 30-round magazines. Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) also uses one throughout the film.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
Lieutenant Kim Jun-seop carries an M1 Carbine.

Lieutenant Kim Jun-seop aims his Carbine...
... and fires it.
An M1 Carbine lies next to the dead South Korean soldier.
An South Korean sentry on watch with his Carbine.
The North Korean soldier behind the barbed wire (bottom right) carries, oddly enough, an M1 Carbine.
Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) jumps from a jeep with his Carbine.
Suk-dae with his M1 Carbine.
Suk-dae aims his M1 Carbine.
The photographer's M1 Carbine lies supported against the chair.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Most of the North Korean soldiers use the Mosin Nagant M1891. Near the end of the film, Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) and Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) also use captured rifles against North Korean soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mmR
A North Korean sniper with a Mosin Nagant M1891.
A sniper takes aim at the student soldiers.
Close-up of the rifle barrel.
Two North Korean soldiers fire their rifles. Another Mosin Nagant barrel is also seen on the left.
A North Korean soldier works the bolt on his rifle.
A North Korean soldier turns around after hearing gunfire...
... and gets shot by Kap-jo's M1.
North Korean soldiers are gunned down whilst carrying Mosin Nagant rifles.
Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) fires his captured PPSh-41. A Mosin Nagant M1891 is seen on his back.
A North Korean soldier with a Mosin Nagant.

Mosin Nagant variant

A North Korean soldier fires his Mosin Nagant variant.


The SKS is used by some North Korean soldiers.

Simonov SKS - 7.62x39mm
A North Korean soldier fires his SKS rifle.
A North Korean soldier bayonets Lieutenant Kim Jun-seop with his SKS.
A student soldier with his captured SKS.

Arisaka Type 99

Some North Korean soldiers are briefly seen with Japanese Arisaka Type 99 substitute standard rifles.

Arisaka Type-99 Substitute Standard - 7.7x58mm
A soldier cycles the bolt while under fire.

Machine Guns

Browning M1917A1

South Korean soldiers fire a Browning M1917A1 during the opening battle.

Browning M1917A1 - .30-06
A South Korean machine gun crew firing a Browning M1917A1.
The M1917 in a sandbagged barrier.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 is used by South Korean soldiers during the opening battle. An M1919A4 fitted with a custom bipod can be seen on a guard post at the P'ohang-dong school.

Browning M1919A4 fitted with bolt latch - .30-06
A South Korean machine gun crew set up a Browning M1919A4. Note the conical flash hider.
South Korean soldiers fire an M1919A4 from a rooftop defense position.
The machine gun crew reloading.
An South Korean machine gun crew stand by to fire.
An M1919A4 fitted with a bipod can be seen on the sandbags as the guard post at P'ohang-dong school.
A South Korean soldier fires the Browning M1919A4 from atop a Deuce-and-a-Half truck.

Degtyaryov DP-28

The Degtyaryov DP-28 is used by North Korean soldiers. Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) and Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) also use this gun to kill North Korean soldiers on the rooftop.

Degtyaryov DP-28 - 7.62x54mmR
A Degtyaryov DP-28 can be seen in the truck.
A North Korean soldier fires the DP-28 from an Armored Car.
Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) fires a DP-28 from a North Korean truck.
A North Korean soldier fires the DP-28 from the turret of an M4A4E8 Sherman - an odd choice for the North.
A DP-28 on the rooftop.
Kap-jo fires the DP-28.
Oh Jang-beom places the DP-28 on the ground to reload.
Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) reloads the DP-28.
Kap-jo fires the DP-28.
Kap-jo firing the DP-28.

Maxim M1910/30

Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) uses a Maxim M1910/30 mounted on top of a North Korean truck. It is later dismounted and used on the rooftop by Kap-jo and Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi).

Maxim M1910/30, post 1941 manufacture - 7.62x54mmR
North Korean soldiers set up a wheel-mounted Maxim M1910/30.
The North Korean machine gun crew in action.
Ku Kap-jo (Kwon Sang-woo) fires the Maxim M1910/30 from the North Korean truck. One hand on the trigger, the other handling the ammunition belt.
"Show us your war face!".
Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) fires the Maxim from the rooftop machine gun nest.
Jang-beom mowing down North Korean soldiers with the Maxim.
Close-up of the Maxim.
Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi) struggling to clear a jam.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

The student soldiers also use the Mk 2 Hand Grenades against North Korean soldiers along with their M1 Garand rifles, rigged up to a length of rope as a booby trap.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade
Lieutenant Kim Jun-seop hands a Mk 2 Hand Grenade to Oh Jang-beom (Seung Hyun Choi).
A student soldier inspects a Mk 2 hand grenade.
Say goodbye to the potatoes.
An ammunition crate filled with Mk 2 grenades.
Mk 2 grenades rigged to fuel cans.
Student soldiers pulling the pins on the Mk 2 booby traps.

Type 67 Stick Grenade

KPA soldiers carry the Type 67 Stick Grenades. It is never seen used in the film.

Type 67 Stick Grenade
The North Korean soldier on the right has two Type 67 Stick Grenades on his belt.


M20B1 "Super Bazooka"

An M20B1 "Super Bazooka" is used by Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) to destroy a North Korean tank.

M20 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5" Rocket
US soldiers open up a crate of M20B1 "Super Bazooka" anti-tank launchers. Note the writing on the crate: "8 Rockets, AT .35 IN".
The Bazookas in the crate. The launcher on the right is an M20B1, whereas on the one on the left is either a mockup or a different model.
Kang Suk-dae (Seung-woo Kim) aims the M20B1 "Super Bazooka".
Suk-dae fires the "Super Bazooka".

M18 Recoilless Rifle

A North Korean soldier uses an M18 Recoilless Rifle to destroy a South Korean machine gun nest in the opening battle. This could be the Type 36, the ChiCom designation for the M18.

M18 Recoilless Rifle - 57mm
A North Korean soldier runs for cover with an M18 Recoilless Rifle.
The North Korean soldier fires the Recoilless Rifle.


M2 Mortar

The M2 Mortar is discovered in an abandoned barn by the student soldiers, and used in the P'ohang-dong school battle. North Korean soldiers fire it during the opening battle.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
North Korean soldiers fire the M2 Mortar.
An M2 Mortar in a crate.
The M2 Mortar rigged up to a chair, in lieu of a tripod.
A student soldier fires the Mortar.
A student soldier fires the Mortar.
A student soldier with two 60mm rounds, used as an improvised anti-tank weapon.

Original poster

The original Korean film poster.

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