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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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 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
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
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 3, 2004
A complex film about the minefield of loyalty and betrayal.
September 3, 2004
A tough and honest film.
September 3, 2004
The battle scenes are gripping and horrific, the special effects amazing, and the sentimentality overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 3, 2004
Epic in scope and violent in a way that every war film has to be since Saving Private Ryan, Taegukgi is a big-time movie that never loses sight of its human story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 3, 2004
Alternately brutal and schlocky, and occasionally both at the same time.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 2, 2004
The film does offer Western viewers rare access to another country's innermost anxieties and contradictions, and as such is a fascinating document.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 2, 2004
Successfully combines audience-friendly sentimentality with absolutely grueling combat footage and an unexpected but unmistakable hostility toward the entire notion of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 2, 2004
Writer/director Kang Je-gyu dedicates himself to the human side of a grand tale, to people who've been uprooted by history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 2, 2004
While it comes on like a flag-waver, it actually delivers something more nuanced.
August 31, 2004
In the rare moments when a rifle, grenade, howitzer, bayonet, dagger, fist, land mine, or flamethrower isn't being deployed, the film pushes its melodramatic plotline with soap operatic shamelessness.
August 23, 2004
Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.
July 27, 2004
It's an overwhelming vision far more realistic and insightful than the wacky MASH unit through which most Americans have seen this period.