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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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March 7, 2016
Phenomenal movie. Korea's 'Saving Private Ryan'.
½ December 2, 2015
92%
Watched this on 2/12/15
With extremely well shot devastating battle scenes that are even better than that of Saving Private Ryan and with battle scenes so clear (even in night) that it shames many of the poorly shot unnecessarily shaky films of Hollywood, Brotherhood of War presents an unforgettable war experience. It's antiwar themes are noticeable and it has an emotional story with some magnificent acting from the lead actors.
Super Reviewer
October 15, 2015
Yet another incredible film from Korea.
August 19, 2015
This is a must-see film. Excellent story and top-notch acting. Tae-Guk-Gi has joined The Human Condition as the best war films I have ever seen. Sorry Hollywood...
½ June 8, 2015
Ala se tamane ovi Koreanci bajo moj
Super Reviewer
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.
January 24, 2015
This is one of all times best war movies, with intense action to match even Saving Private Ryan. The story is great, showing the war by two types of soldiers. One is the daring, courages killer who will do anything to have his little brother sent home. The other is the little brother, who is not cut out to fight in battle. The movie reminds me a lot of Saving Private Ryan, my favorite war movie, and therefore it's an easy like for me. The acting is great, the battle scenes are very intense, plot is new, and the ending is very good. It is also one if the few movies that integrates a love story well with all the war. It's a little over heroic at times, and the soldiers are a little overly accurate shooters, but it's never boring and it keeps you engaged the entire time. There is no doubt that Korea has made some outstanding war movies. Number seven on my top 15 war movie list.
½ November 21, 2014
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 November 17, 2014
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 11, 2014
a great family drama set in backdrop of the korean civil war of 1950 which forever split the country! at the heart of this film are two brothers forced to fight a war they have no experience for! the Battles are gritty and realistic, in the same style of saving private ryan! the two brothers are brilliantly portrayed by there actors! Through the atrocities they witness the brothers bonds are put to the ultimate test! an absolutely heart wrenching story! loved it!! if you dont mind subtitles or sitting through a two hour plus film! this is foreign cinema at its finest!!
October 17, 2014
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.
½ February 13, 2014
Epic civil war saga of two Korean brothers that have different ideas on reaching the same goal: supporting their family and keeping them safe.
January 2, 2014
If you like "Saving Private Ryan" you will like this film. A bit melodramatic but overall an awesome movie. Definitely a tearjerker.
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.
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