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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 6, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The beauty of writer/director Je-gyu Kang's work is his ability to gloss over the dramatic deficiencies with some of the best combat footage ever.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

March 11, 2005
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 17, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Later scenes in Brotherhood make mad, passionate love with being cliched.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The battle scenes are amazing in their scope and vehemence. But in the breaks between fighting, the movie reminds us that the costs of war can exceed the loss of life and limb.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 9, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Tae Guk Gi is The Deer Hunter and Saving Private Ryan for South Korea's burgeoning cinema.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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At times the performances seem more akin to the histrionics of old silent movies, when emotions had to be seen because they couldn't be heard.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2004
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

What really separates Tae Guk Gi from Private Ryan's ilk is that the conflicted Koreans fight desperately in their own backyard, as opposed to U.S. movie soldiers who are always on an adventure abroad.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 12, 2004
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 12, 2004
M.E. Russell
Oregonian

For fans of New Korean Cinema with strong stomachs for violence and melodrama, there's a lot to love.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

November 5, 2004
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

While Tae Guk Gi's horrific imagery is peppered throughout with moments of surreal beauty, it remains one of the most realistic depictions of battlefield chaos I can think of.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

September 30, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 10, 2004
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Thanks to its excess, and even at 140 minutes, Tae Guk Gi always entertains, just like Pearl Harbor and the rest of the best of Hollywood's dumb war movies.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 9, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...it's not only one of the year's best films, but it may be one of the all-time great war movies

Full Review Source: New Times

September 9, 2004
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Shot on a lavish scale, the film unfortunately suffers from maudlin plotting and severe overacting.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 7, 2004
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Kang isn't just Korea's preeminent big-budget director -- he's one of the best big-scale filmmakers in the world.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2004
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Fearless extremity...Brotherhood finally coalesces into an inescapable metaphor illustrating the madness of civil war.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A complex film about the minefield of loyalty and betrayal.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 3, 2004
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