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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

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Korea's leading filmmaker, Kang Je-gyu, directed this epic-scale drama focusing on two brothers caught up in the madness of the war that tore their nation apart in the early '50s. Jin-seok Lee (Weon Bin) is a bright and well-educated young man whose older and more physically imposing brother Jin-tae Lee (Jang Dong-gun) believes he represents the best hope for his family's future. When both Jin-seok and Jin-tae are called up to fight in the South Korean army following the advance of Communist forces, a wary Jin-tae cuts a deal with his commanding officer -- if he racks up an impressive enough record on the battlefield, the army will give Jin-seok an early release. Jin-tae proves to be a fearless soldier, and is soon recognized as a war hero, but as the conflict wears on, he develops an unhealthy enthusiasm for the violence of the battlefield, and Jin-seok finds himself questioning his big brother's actions, both as a soldier and as a member of his family. The title Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War refers to the Korean name for the South Korean flag, originally designed in 1876 but outlawed during Japanese rule of the nation, and restored to use in 1948. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong graphic sequences of war violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Box Office:
$900,994.00
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Studio:
IDP

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Cast

Dong-gun Jang
as Jin-tae
Dong-Kun Jang
as Jin-Tae Lee
Bin Won
as Jin-Seok Lee
Weon Bin
as Jin-seok
Eun-ju Lee
as Young-Shin
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Critic Reviews for Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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… | November 12, 2004
Toronto Star
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Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'

November 12, 2004
Globe and Mail
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Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.

September 30, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.

September 24, 2004
Houston Chronicle
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Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information.

Full Review… | September 10, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

½

The action is probably more intense than Saving Private Ryan and that means something! The story progresses from a slow beginning to an epic finale that might bring some to tears. Well worth watching!

paul oh
paul oh

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Let's be real; Saving Private Ryan is a better movie then Tae Guk Gi. This is movie tries too hard to be exactly like Saving Private Ryan- the action, the cinematography, the camera work... But behind all the technicalities comes a very moving and powerful character-driven story that is more riveting then Saving Private Ryan. In comparison to the incredibly gritty "Saving Private Ryan", Tae Guk Gi is more of a blockbuster movie that has more stylized action and drama. Still, this is a must watch.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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½

I'd never have taken notice of the movie had it not been from the Oldboy director. I've no intention to patronize him, but he's done an outstanding job. His execution of one of the scenes still amazes me. It matched my facial expressions exactly with that of the character for that scene. This has been a unique experience for me. The movie depicts ups and downs between two brothers who are forced to draft in the 1950 Korean war. It shows how the priorities of one brother change momentarily as he gets to taste some fame, and its terrible outcome before he can snap out of it. While it's not yet-another-war-film IMO (of course, there are few familiar zones), it's certainly no masterpiece. The movie has its moments and is worth a watch if you can sit through scenes of guts falling out literally (on-screen). After all, although brotherhood is its heart and soul, it's also a war film to an extent.

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