Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Will the Trump-Kim summit mean the end of 'forgotten' Korean War?

Korean conflict which left a lasting impression on East Asia and US is in spotlight once again

In Gran Torino, a movie released in 2008, Clint Eastwood, Hollywood's iconic badass, plays Walt Kowalski, a retired auto worker who scares off a bunch of Hmong Asian gangsters with a warning about his war record in Korea.

"We used to stack f***s like you five feet high in Korea," he says in his classic hoarse whisper, staring down the barrel of a gun pointed at the short, squat gang leader. "Use you for sandbags."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline ''Forgotten war' is front and centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe