On PBS, a new documentary about the Korean War and its aftermath will premiere
Korean War Documentary : ‘PBS will air Korea’ The Never-Ending War, a new two-hour documentary about the Korean War, tonight.
The video, written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Korean-American actor John Cho, takes a fresh look at the history of the Korean War, a conflict that still has repercussions today.
It will also be aired to American servicemen and women as well as civilians at US Department of Defense installations across the world via the American Forces Network at a later date.
The film is about a battle that has long been undervalued, misunderstood, and misrepresented by people all throughout the world, but which is still immediately relevant today.
It covers the conflict’s present and past, from today’s leaders and events, such as US President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) Kim Jong Un; Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); US President Harry S.
Truman; Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, People’s Republic of China; and Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, People’s Republic of China
“The political realities at the heart of today’s crisis are similar to those that existed in 1950.
With the possibility of nuclear war looming over the entire planet, it’s a delicate and hazardous political chess game,” Maggio added.
“The Korean War was largely forgotten in this country, as it was overshadowed by WWII and Vietnam, but the lessons learned from that conflict have never been more critical.
This battle is far from done, and my aim is that this film, told through the eyes of those who fought and survived it, will provide new light on how we got here.”
The Korean War, as the documentary describes, was a massive worldwide event, with 24 nations taking part in the conflict, which lasted from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953.
It highlighted the colossal egos of historical figures and commemorated the lives and deaths of millions of people: According to historians, four million people died.
The film also depicts the conflict from a variety of perspectives: on the ground and in the trenches, from ordinary civilians and soldiers caught in the crossfire to the political and military leaders who controlled the war’s outcome from afar.
It also includes major battles and turning points prior to, during, and after the conflict, all of which lead up to the present day.
The film depicts how the Korean Peninsula conflict continued after 1953, including the North’s brazen attack on South Korea’s Presidential Blue House in 1968;
the North’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, holding the crew hostage for 11 months; the downing of KAL Flight 858 in 1987, just before the first Olympics held in South Korea; and events that triggered North Korea’s nuclear programme, including the downing of KAL Flight 858 in 1987, right before the first Olympics held in South Korea;
It also demonstrates how the war’s stalemate has resulted in the current political situation, in which Kim Jong Un is developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, American warships have been deployed near the Korean peninsula, and a controversial anti-missile system has been installed in South Korea, despite recent diplomatic efforts.
Maggio created the film with the help of archival materials and interviews with people who have firsthand experience, such as American and South Korean war veterans and civilians caught up in the conflict, as well as experts like Victor Cha, Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who also served in the George W. Bush administration (CSIS).