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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.
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.
Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'
Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.
Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.
Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information.
It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.
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.
Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate.
Later scenes in Brotherhood make mad, passionate love with being cliched.
Tae Guk Gi is The Deer Hunter and Saving Private Ryan for South Korea's burgeoning cinema.
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.
The action is probably more intense than Saving Private Ryan and that means something! The story progresses from a slow beginning to an epic finale that might bring some to tears. Well worth watching!
Let's be real; Saving Private Ryan is a better movie then Tae Guk Gi. This is movie tries too hard to be exactly like Saving Private Ryan- the action, the cinematography, the camera work... But behind all the technicalities comes a very moving and powerful character-driven story that is more riveting then Saving Private Ryan. In comparison to the incredibly gritty "Saving Private Ryan", Tae Guk Gi is more of a blockbuster movie that has more stylized action and drama. Still, this is a must watch.
I'd never have taken notice of the movie had it not been from the Oldboy director. I've no intention to patronize him, but he's done an outstanding job. His execution of one of the scenes still amazes me. It matched my facial expressions exactly with that of the character for that scene. This has been a unique experience for me.
The movie depicts ups and downs between two brothers who are forced to draft in the 1950 Korean war. It shows how the priorities of one brother change momentarily as he gets to taste some fame, and its terrible outcome before he can snap out of it. While it's not yet-another-war-film IMO (of course, there are few familiar zones), it's certainly no masterpiece. The movie has its moments and is worth a watch if you can sit through scenes of guts falling out literally (on-screen). After all, although brotherhood is its heart and soul, it's also a war film to an extent.
Superb Korean war movie which focuses on two brothers who are drafted into the south Korean army after the communist north start to invade further south. The story is moving and powerful and the battle scenes echo those of Saving Private Ryan's with its gritty realism and bloody graphic violence. It's a must-see film that doesn't get embroiled in the political differences and portrays the ordinary people whose lives are turned upside down by the horrors of war.
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