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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
June 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
Don Willmott
March 1, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Cornelius
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
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
M.E. Russell
November 5, 2004
For fans of New Korean Cinema with strong stomachs for violence and melodrama, there's a lot to love.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 30, 2004
Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.
| Original Score: B+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 24, 2004
Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
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
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 4, 2004
Fearless extremity...Brotherhood finally coalesces into an inescapable metaphor illustrating the madness of civil war.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
A complex film about the minefield of loyalty and betrayal.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006

June 7, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 7, 2005
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
November 14, 2004

September 6, 2004
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AV Club
September 6, 2004
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