The Forgotten War. Any thoughts on this ?? If not.......Forget it. The Korean War didn't inspire a lot of movies, but it inspired two bona fide masterpieces. The Manchurian Candidate is a tour-de-force that still seems ahead of its time. MASH was understood to really be about Vietnam, but it was set in Korea in order to distance it. military Â© www.arhcives.gov Did you know? The Manchurian Candidate was kept out of circulation for years following JFK's assassination. The Korean War is America's forgotten war. If people under the age of 30 have any knowledge of this "police action" at all, it probably comes from watching reruns of MASH. Nestled snugly between the last good war, World War II, and that twelve year nightmare known as Vietnam, the Korean War is mostly forgotten because, well, nothing at all was accomplished. We didn't win it, we didn't lose it, and the situation on the Korean peninsula is pretty much the same now, over fifty years later, as it was when we first sent troops there.