This Korean film reflects upon the effects of war upon the soldiers who survive it. The White Badge was given to Korean soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war. The story, begins in 1979 right after President Park's assassination. When Han, a reporter and war veteran, is assigned to write about the Vietnam war he finds himself reliving the dreadful experiences that left him emotionally scarred. His disturbing reverie is also sparked by a phone call from a former member of his platoon, Pyon. Much of the film then focuses upon the ways in which the emotional scars between the two men are manifested.