The Coast Guard is about an army coast guard Private Kang, played by Jang Dong-gun, who is stationed in a remote east coast region of Korea. He appears to be obsessed with the idea of killing a North Korean spy and collecting the reward. When Kang sees moving shadows on his watch, which is actually a local couple having sex, he riddles them with machine gun fire and a grenade, blowing the man to pieces. The woman, Mi-yung, played by Park Ji-ah, is driven insane by the shock, haunting the beaches, waddling into the surf, etc. Private Kang receives a citation for conducting his duties without fail, despite the protests from local population. However, it is only a matter of time before Kangs guilt and anger begins to create a whirlpool of insanity and violence around him.
This insanity creates mayhem for his fellow soldiers, after being discharged for mental instability Kang starts to stalk his former mates and slowly begins to kill them. Mi-yung goes around the entire movie haunting the soldiers and giving them whatever sexual favors they want. The continual show of her instability and her actions was tiresome and added no real part to the story. After about ten minutes of seeing her act crazy you get the point, yet the director feels the need to drive it in a bit more. To say I was disappointed in this film would be an understatement. I’m a big fan of Jang Dong-gun’s movies and was really looking forward to this one. The problem was that the pacing was way to slow and the story couldn’t keep up with the length of the movie. There were times were I wanted to fast forward to the end of the movie, much like the way I want to just end the review now. With that being said, this is a movie I was sorely disappointed in.