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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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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.
August 10, 2013
amazing film. A masterpiece of film making
July 29, 2013
Better than Saving Private Ryan which was technically superb but I felt that the effort to find and repatriate the unworthy Pvt. Ryan wasn't worth the cost in lives expended even though the effort was to keep his mother from nlosing both her sons to the war effort.
½ July 26, 2013
omg the film is soo sad

i couldn't stop crying at the end
July 3, 2013
Great war movie; tearjerker.
½ May 27, 2013
Korea's Saving Private Ryan. Really worth watching.
½ May 27, 2013
A very very big Korean epic about two brothers trying to survive the Korean War. The action is honest and well-done, but extraordinarily violent and perhaps a little exhausting. It is a bit like watching the Omaha beach scene in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN over and over. The acting is even bigger and more dramatic than the fighting. Lots of melodrama, lots of screaming, and huge facial expressions dominate. The characters seem to be right out of dozens of American WWII movies. I almost expected to see a kid from Brooklyn wearing a Dodgers cap in the platoon. It is all well done, though, and very refreshing to see this oft-ignored war get a big-budget treatment. It is also interesting to see it from the Korean perspective. Americans are seldom mentioned and never seen.
½ May 5, 2013
It's a really depressing film that get's across the brutality of war. It's amazing.
½ April 2, 2013
Great film that illustrates the futility, carnage and madness of war, and so is a great anti-war film. In gut-wenching fashion, it shows the utter chaos of battle and the true meaninglessness of the ideologies for which each side is fighting to the men who do the fighting, as well as chronicling the way in which the violence to which they are subjected has a brutalizing effect on the soldiers. But what gives this movie a glimmer of hope is the way in which, at the end, the love of family still comes shining through.
March 23, 2013
This was generally a good film. Unfortunately, what was distracting were the crying scenes. Two in a film of this scope would've been enough, but a "tug at your heartstrings" scene every 20 minutes? Overkill. It's as if the director was trying to keep every eye wet in the audience. Maybe there was a sale on Kleenex at the concession stands he'd taken stock in. The battle scenes were extremely brutal and realistic, though. The music was a little schmaltzy and repetitive. Yes, this film is a lot like Saving Private Ryan, but in the hands of Spielberg, the overly sentimental content would've been lessened a bit. Despite the slightly aggravating over-emotional acting from younger brother Jin-seok, this is still a highly recommended film that will stay with your psyche long after the curtains have raised.
½ March 11, 2013
Super good South Korean movie. Will make you cry.
½ March 7, 2013
Very dramatic film about the true face of any war.
February 27, 2013
A war film equal if not better than western counterparts.
February 6, 2013
Country: South Korea
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"
½ February 4, 2013
Two brothers forcibly drafted into the South Korean army to fight against advancing Communist forces in early 1950s find themselves in emotional and ideological conflict. Jin-seok is the younger of the two for whom the older brother, Jin-tae, has sacrificed to provide an education while working as a shoe-shine boy.

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.

Highly recommended.
January 23, 2013
great movie must see
½ January 9, 2013
best war movie ever made ( that i have seen of course)
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