First time I saw this movie, it was on the tiny screen of a portable dvd-player. After having seen this on big screen now, the best feature of this movie, the special effects, realy stand out. As good as Private Ryan.
Story is about two brothers who accidentaly get drafted both for active service. The older bother, Jin-Tea takes great risks to get his brother out. But aft receiving a medal forhonor, the new commander won't let him go.
When they are near home, they visit their home. His fiance is there to meet the younger brother Jin-Seok. She gets arrested by anti communists, because she had demonstrated to get food. Those demonstrations however were communist protests. She gets shot while Jin-Tea also arives. He rescues her but she got shot in the proces.
Returning to their unit, they get arrested for their attempt to save the fiance. They are attacked by the Nort, resulting in the younger being burned in his cell and the older fighting forthe north. But the younger brother isn't dead and he tries toconvert his brother. He fails, but after being mortaly wounded, Sin-Tae recognizes his brother and as his last act takes a machinegun and mows down the attacking north korean soldiers.
Very good movie, but looses a star for the whining and sobbing of the younger brother. It get's annoying, especially when he accuses his brother of murder several times while it was obviously not his fault.
Funny how some of them eat, keeping food hanging out of their mouths. ” - klontenkoker
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Second time, this movie is even worse than the first time. Worse, not film wise but content wise. A gruwesome tale of the japaneese imperial army capturing Nanking. The bushido code which was honored by the soldiers is indifferent to the life of a soldier, so the soldiers are indifferen to the life of a civilian. That is what this movie shows, the total indifference to other's lifes. 300.000 lifes.
This part of the prelude to WW II is hardly known fact for most people in the West so this was an eye opener for me too.
Movie builds up tension well with slow scenes and in-the-crowd filming. Special effects are good. Movie lacks choices of what it wants to show and gets unfocused. Unpredictability in screen play at points is however surprising. A few long scenes are shot in one piece, for example the death of the heroic assistent of Dr Rabe. ” - klontenkoker
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Heroic for just walking through a well armed barricade in Rwanda during the genocide, heroic for keeping the overview while dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions, heroic for living to the principles of a just cause. Respect.
It shows the despair of a leader who, bound by rules of engagement, is forced to see people killing each other. Everything for politics, because politics is still better than fighting. Or isn't it? Be happy it's not your call while the whole world is watching and it is your career that is on the line. ” - klontenkoker
based on a true story. A student is appointed leader of a groep of 71 students, to defend Pohang, a city the communist leader is desperate te capture.
A thug and his three mates also are part of the student soldiers, disputing his leadership.
They heroically defend a school, being the key building of the defense. The communists overpower them with great numbers and superior weapons. Bur the students manage to hold out for eleven hours, though being slaughted. Only few survive, saved by the reinforcements.
Special effects are very good, Koreans know how to do that. Acting was ok, although difficult to get to know the characters. ” - klontenkoker