Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews
i couldn't stop crying at the end
It's been almost two months since I wrote a review(i am busy), but this film has moved me that I can't resist sharing my experience with others.
I am a big fan of war movies, and I was thinking that SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was the best, but i was wrong. In my opinion THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR surpasses them all. Am I exagerating?! no..
What makes this movie special-at least for me- is:
-so realistic battle scenes and emotions showing horrors of war and not glorifying it like other movies.
-dealt not only with war crimes, but also with the government crimes towards its own people.
-asking what is patriotism and which bond is stronger;to one's family or to his country?
-great cast and smooth, yet powerful backgroud score-reminded me of the same effect of that of BRAVE HEART had on upon me.
Some Westerns may think of it as being kinda over-dramatic, but I see it's a part of the Eastern tradition in general, and actually it is justifiable here;the movie is more than some graphics which are very realistic.
NOTE: "The Korean War is an obvious example that there is no winner and loser in wars, only losers. There was no peace treaty, only a cease fire"
What follows is quite possibly the most gruesome anti-war film ever as the two brothers battle conflicting experiences of war and grow apart. So realistic and bloody are the battle scenes that it's almost like being there dodging bullets and shrapnel under Je-gyu Kang's spectacular direction.
A fantastic opportunity to see the Korean war from the POV of Koreans for a change, but what remains as the credits roll is an epic tale of the love between two brothers in which the casualties of war are laid bare for all to see.
Jin-seok: Give it to me... when I see you again.''
I wish this was all just a dream. I want to wake up in my bed, and over breakfast, I'd tell you that I had a strange dream. Then I would go to school, and you and mom would go to work.
Early, one Sunday Morning, in late June of the year 1950, was the beginning of a terrible turbulent conflict that would rip a people apart. Thousands of casualties, a whole unity of a nation being the biggest of all. Korea, a country still plagued by a guilty past, divided even to this day.
Told through the eyes of Jin-tae Lee, played by
Dong-Kun Jang and younger brother Jin-seok Lee played by Bin Won , who go to war and are cruelly ripped from their family and become embroiled in a war North against South.
The acting is sensational, the cinematography perfect, the battle sequences rivaling Saving Private Ryan and Letters from Iwo Jima possibly even surpassing them.
How do you criticize a masterpiece?
Answer is you can't.
Raw brutality, compelling humanity and even inhumanity. Emotional, powerful, shocking and some of the greatest scenes that had me getting teary eyed and come the film's climax crying my eyes out.
Ideologies, communism and capitalist imperialism. This film shows them for what they are, dangerous. There's always some cause of war be it religious beliefs/persecution or idealistic propaganda.
A gripping tale and account of two brothers and the meaning of sacrifice.
In my opinion it's the greatest brutal raw emotional film seen recently.
Still haunted by Jin-seok standing over the bones at the end and all the senseless killing, families divided, this demands to be watched.
For brotherhood, for family, for love shining through and a journey of emotion and epic proportions.