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Escape from Mogadishu

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Escape from Mogadishu
Theatrical release poster
Country South Korean flag.jpg South Korea
Directed by Seung-wan Ryu
Release Date 2021
Language Korean
Studio Dexter Studios
Filmmaker R&K
Lotte Entertainment
Distributor Well Go USA Entertainment (USA, theatrical)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Han Shin-sung Kim Yoon-seok
Kang Dae-jin Zo In-sung
Rim Yong-su Huh Joon-ho
Tae Joon-ki Koo Kyo-hwan
Kim Myung-hee Kim So-jin
Gong Su-cheol Jeong Man-sik
Jo Soo-jin Kim Jae-hwa
Park Ji-eun Park Kyung-hye

Escape from Mogadishu (Korean title: 모가디슈, Mogadisyu; lit. "Mogadishu") is a 2021 Korean action-drama film. The film, which is based on true events, takes place in 1991 at the height of the Somali Civil War and the military coup d'état against the government of Somali general and president Mohamed Siad Barre, and follows a group of South and North Korean diplomats and their families as they attempt to hide from and escape the anarchy-filled streets of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The following weapons were used in the film Escape from Mogadishu:


Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is the standard sidearm of the Somali military throughout the film.

Post-1947 Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The Tokarev in a Somali officer's holster.
A closer view of the holstered pistol.
The same officer levels the pistol to Kang Dae-jin (Zo In-sung)'s head, suspicious of his presence.
Dae-jin puts the Tokarev to his head as he delivers a diplomatic message with the help of Sin-seong.
A Somali solider firing his Tokarev.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3

The guards of the Embassy of Italy are incorrectly armed with the Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 instead of the historically accurate Beretta AR70.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 - 9x19mm
The Italian embassy's guards stand in front of the embassy's entrance with their MP5s.


The PPSh-41 is used by multiple Somali rebels.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
General Aidid's rebels hold PPSh submachine guns as he delivers a message to both Korean embassies.
Ditto again.
A rebel child soldier holds his PPSh as he and the other rebels hold the diplomats hostage.
A rebel holds a PPSh.

Automatic Rifles


The AK-47 and multiple of its variants and copies are used by most of the Somali characters throughout the film.

Type 3 AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
A Somali rebel fires his AK into the ceiling of the South Korean embassy.


An AK-74 is briefly seen in the film.

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
An AK-74 is held up at a demonstration.
Another AK-74 being held up.


The AKM is seen with multiple Somali characters throughout the film.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
An AKM is handed to a rebel at a demonstration.
The soldier at the center of the watchtower holds an AKM.
A soldier wearing a red beret holds an AKM as the Koreans are finally safely evacuated from the city.
A child holds an AKM.
A rebel holds his AKM.


The AKS-47 is used by multiple Somali characters. They may be Type 56-1s, but it is difficult to tell.

Type 3 AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A South Korean Embassy guard holds his AKS-47; note that it has been fitted with an AKM style compensator.

Heckler & Koch G3A3

A Somali rebel is seen with a Heckler & Koch G3. Two more G3s are seen in the hands of Somali rebels in some photographs.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
In the photo on the left, a rebel has a G3 attached to a sling. Another rebel in the image on the right also holds a G3.
A rebel on the far left holds a G3 as General Aidid delivers a message.


An L1A1 is briefly seen being held up by a rioter.

L1A1 SLR - 7.62x51mm NATO
An L1A1 being held up during a riot.

Type 56

The most frequently seen AK variant in the film is the Type 56 assault rifle.

Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
A guard at Mogadishu International Airport holding his Type 56 stops Kang Dae-jin.
A rebel holds his Type 56.
The rebel's accomplices hold their own Type 56s.
A rebel shoots out the tire of the diplomats' car with his rifle.
Somali officers with Type 56s.
A child rebel on the left initially pretends to fire his Type 56 at the diplomats.
The rebel on the left fires a Type 56.

Zastava M70

Multiple Somali characters are also seen with the Zastava M70.

Zastava M70B1 - 7.62x39mm
The Somali military open fire on the rebels and rioters.
A rebel aims his Zastava at a suspected dissident.
A rebel holds an M70.

Machine Guns

Browning M2

The Browning M2 is used by the Italian Embassy's guards.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
An Italian embassy guard spots the arriving Koreans as another guard mans the M2.
The guards deliver a message to the rebels threatening to kill the Korean diplomats.
The M2 is readied.
A guard with the M2 accompanies the Korean convoy in the film's ending.


The PKM machine gun is used by the Somali rebels.

PKM with classic flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
A PKM is seen as General Aidid delivers his message.
A jeep-mounted PKM being fired at the escaping Koreans' barricaded cars.
The PKM continues to fire at the Koreans' cars.
The PKM mounted to a jeep.
The jeep skids to a halt. The PKM is fully visible in this shot.

Grenade Launchers

M79 grenade launcher

An M79 grenade launcher is briefly seen with a rebel.

M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
A rebel in the background can be seen holding up an M79 grenade launcher.


Tear gas

A tear gas grenade is thrown into the Somali hotel as the civil war begins to spread into Mogadishu.

Tear gas grenades are thrown at evacuating hotel visitors.


Rebel pictures

Somali rebels are seen holding multiple North Korea-supplied firearms in two images.

The Somali rebels can be seen holding a Heckler & Koch G3, SKS, and multiple RPKs with their furniture and bipods missing in the image on the left. One of the rifles is identified within the film as a (non-existent) sniper-customized "Type 78".
In the image on the right, the rebels can be seen holding an M16A1, another G3, and several AKS-47s. One of the rifles in the image is also identified within the film as a North Korean Type 68, a copy of the AKM.
The left image printed on a newspaper.

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