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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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April 6, 2005
It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 11, 2005
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.
February 17, 2005
Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 9, 2004
Later scenes in Brotherhood make mad, passionate love with being cliched.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2004
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.
November 18, 2004
Tae Guk Gi is The Deer Hunter and Saving Private Ryan for South Korea's burgeoning cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 12, 2004
Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2004
For fans of New Korean Cinema with strong stomachs for violence and melodrama, there's a lot to love.
October 19, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2004
Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 24, 2004
Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 10, 2004
Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information.
September 9, 2004
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 | Original Score: B
September 9, 2004
...it's not only one of the year's best films, but it may be one of the all-time great war movies
September 7, 2004
Shot on a lavish scale, the film unfortunately suffers from maudlin plotting and severe overacting.
September 7, 2004
Kang isn't just Korea's preeminent big-budget director -- he's one of the best big-scale filmmakers in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2004
Fearless extremity...Brotherhood finally coalesces into an inescapable metaphor illustrating the madness of civil war.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 3, 2004
A complex film about the minefield of loyalty and betrayal.
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