An old-timer sergeant with only 5 days left in the mandatory service and a private just coming back from leave roam the forest. They are searching for a soldier who deserted from a marine base in Baekryongdo. The sergeant is more intent on denouncing his commanding officers than finding the deserter. In Korea, there are many short films about the military, since it is a masculinized experience akin to a rite of passage. Relationships in the military, defined by hierarchy and power structure, abound with paradoxical human drama. The face of power, removed of its layer of humanity, is probably why there will never be enough stories about the military experience. The sergeant asks the private how his leave went. Although the private recites the typical on-leave stories any marine would tell, the upper half of the screen tells the complete opposite story. While on leave, it turns out that he had a serious argument with his girlfriend and was troubled to the point of contemplating suicide. The narrative about the girlfriend who dumps her boyfriend in the service, the troubled soldier, and the ensuing desertion outline a peculiar facet of the Korean military. The Ten-minute Break makes ample use of such elements while fusing them with the conventions and style of the horror genre. The last scene, in which the hunter and the hunted are seen to be the same, demonstrates that the tragedy of the military experience spares no one. The startling reversal shows that violence in the military repeats itself in circles, establishing itself as the symbol of an ever-present chain.
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