Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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½ June 8, 2015
Ala se tamane ovi Koreanci bajo moj
February 8, 2015
Definitely one of the best war films I have ever seen and it puts some of Hollywood's efforts to shame. Harrowing, often brutal but with a deep undercurrent of human love for family during times of war. This has to be seen.
½ August 22, 2013
This is a powerful anti-war film that puts you right into the madness and destruction of human beings forced into uniforms and forced into hatred for those in opposing uniforms.
This, I argue, and movies like this are better than the very well done Saving Private Ryan because it doesn't take sides. It's a story about what is ultimately mass murder under the cloak of the name "war."
½ October 14, 2010
I have probably said this about a couple of movies before but without a doubt this is the best movie to show how sickening war is, this is the best war movie for non-action junkies. though executed quite dreadfully, performance was poor apart from Jang's and the atmosphere provided by music will fail to get it sucked into it as intended. It's still a must watch for the that terrible story (In a good way).
November 3, 2008
Great movie; one of the best war films I've ever seen. Bin Won and Dong-gun Jang were fantastic.
½ September 29, 2014
Now we know we have a lot of expectations from Korean war epics. And this one just defines it. The Brotherhood of War has an A + presentation of a war epic just from it's breathtaking cinematography to the brilliant performances from Korea's finest. Though I have some problems watching it. There are a lot of rushed up scenes to fit up the whole story line from its beginnings to its climax. And overuse of fast paced camera shots which those sequences could be memorable but then its more of a waste. But then it end in a pretty dramatic fashion. It is there though it could have been better.
June 17, 2014
Really love this movie especially the music.
May 7, 2014
A very good movie that tells the drama of the Korean War (1950-1953).
April 24, 2014
"Tae Guk Gi " probably will stand as one of the great war movies in the years to come. The story is beautiful , emotional and very intimate even more against the backdrop of the battles. Yes it is over dramatic - but isn't movies about all that? To begin with the positives - this is a beautiful , intimate and driving story right till the very end. The war , the battles and the realism involved in such horror is nicely portrayed throughout the film. Director Je-gyu Kang really shows how to show the true side of wars keeping the artistic form in mind. With jerking handheld cameras predominant in the movie , the cinematography is very detailed and purposeful. Even to a non keen observer even without the visual effects , the camera shots are enough to tell you when is the time of war and when is the time of peace. Production value is extremely high , extremely detailed. Moving on to the effects , this is one of the best realistic effects put on screen , limited explosions and more frag effects of grenades and other artillery weapons. Apart from depiction of short bursts of battles which are brilliant , the movie also delves in both sides of the war - something many war movies do not reach to . The movie is not biased and its more central to the nature of war rather than the war itself - the effects and motivation that war posses. The best way to achieve that is to make a family go through that and that is what the film is about . Values of mercy , choice and the reason for fighting is all the movie is about and all of that is portrayed through a beautiful love story between two brothers. Now even after this , as a film it suffers - primarily through under development of suspense during the first hour of the movie and over indulgence in quick battle sequences. Now as good as every action piece was , one can't help but feel the interim between two battles is not developed - there is an abrupt sense or loose sense of development during the first part as if it was lacking focus. The real bugging factor is the abrupt editing - something which takes away from the good moments of the film . Some of the editing choices were poor making the scenes feel not so coherent as it is supposed to. Even the ending editing choice was somewhat confusing. Again with great horrors of war should come equally believable performance- something which was lacking again during the first hour of the movie. The second half was absolutely brilliant cranking up the stakes and emotions which every scene building upon the previous one but the first hour suffered as the performances were quite bland and was not able to connect to the audience. Again directing wise and with some over the top music certain dramatic sequences were over dramatized. Now the imagery and the flow was powerful enough but too much music does take away from the intimate moments. Emotions were created but on repeated viewings that will come down because the music becomes a distraction. Apart from these flaws , the movie does not show any other and in fact quite a thrilling watch. It is gross , it is horrifying but it is intimate and it is beautiful.
March 31, 2014
pelicula excelente... casi perfecta, si me hizo casi llorar tanto como la "Tumba de las luciernagas". Es una de las mejores peliculas de guerra que se haya hecho en la historia.
September 25, 2013
There's nothing left to say in this incredible war epic. My only complain is the heavy drama in the end, an alternate ending is better.
August 10, 2013
amazing film. A masterpiece of film making
July 29, 2013
Better than Saving Private Ryan which was technically superb but I felt that the effort to find and repatriate the unworthy Pvt. Ryan wasn't worth the cost in lives expended even though the effort was to keep his mother from nlosing both her sons to the war effort.
½ July 6, 2008
omg the film is soo sad

i couldn't stop crying at the end
July 3, 2013
Great war movie; tearjerker.
½ May 5, 2013
It's a really depressing film that get's across the brutality of war. It's amazing.
½ March 28, 2013
Great film that illustrates the futility, carnage and madness of war, and so is a great anti-war film. In gut-wenching fashion, it shows the utter chaos of battle and the true meaninglessness of the ideologies for which each side is fighting to the men who do the fighting, as well as chronicling the way in which the violence to which they are subjected has a brutalizing effect on the soldiers. But what gives this movie a glimmer of hope is the way in which, at the end, the love of family still comes shining through.
March 23, 2013
This was generally a good film. Unfortunately, what was distracting were the crying scenes. Two in a film of this scope would've been enough, but a "tug at your heartstrings" scene every 20 minutes? Overkill. It's as if the director was trying to keep every eye wet in the audience. Maybe there was a sale on Kleenex at the concession stands he'd taken stock in. The battle scenes were extremely brutal and realistic, though. The music was a little schmaltzy and repetitive. Yes, this film is a lot like Saving Private Ryan, but in the hands of Spielberg, the overly sentimental content would've been lessened a bit. Despite the slightly aggravating over-emotional acting from younger brother Jin-seok, this is still a highly recommended film that will stay with your psyche long after the curtains have raised.
½ March 11, 2013
Super good South Korean movie. Will make you cry.
½ March 7, 2013
Very dramatic film about the true face of any war.
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