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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
"Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

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Eun-ju Lee ...
Young-shin Kim
Hyeong-jin Kong ...
Yong-man
Yeong-ran Lee ...
Mother Lee
Kil-kang Ahn ...
Sergeant Huh (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Jin Jung ...
Sergeant Lim
Jae-hyeong Jeon ...
Yong-seok
Min-ho Jang ...
Yun-hie Jo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho
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North Korean Captain
Do-Hee Go ...
Young-Guk Kim
Taek-ha Hwang ...
Platoon Soldier #2
Dae-Hoon Jeong
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In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for strong graphic sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$462,458 (Japan) (2 July 2004)

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$1,110,186 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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The M4A3E8 Sherman tanks seen in the film seem to be mock-ups built on M32A1B3 Armored Recovery Vehicles.

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Jin-tae: [pulls out Jin-seok's pen that he lost] I found this in the fire. I've been holding onto this for you.
Jin-seok: Give it to me... when I see you again.
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One of the Most Spectacular Movies of War Ever (if not the Best)
29 March 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1950, in South Korea, the shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee (Dong-Kun Jang) and his eighteen years old student brother Jin-seok Lee (Bin Won) form a poor but happy family with their mother (Yeong-ran Lee), Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim (Eun-ju Lee) and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end.

I have just watched one of the most spectacular movies of war of the cinema industry, if not the best. The stunning and overwhelming "Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo" is impressive and the brilliant direction of Je-gyu Kang and his crew is among the most perfect I have ever seen, with realistic and gore battles and fights. The cinematography is amazing and the camera work in most of the moments seems to be a documentary, so realistic it is. The sad and dramatic story shakes the emotions of the viewer, with another stupid war, and worst, between brothers. Probably this is the best and most visceral anti-war movie ever made. Dong-Kun Jang and Bin Won are amazing and I felt deeply sorrow with the fate of the character performed by the gorgeous Eun-ju Lee. How can this movie be not nominated to the Oscar? My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Irmandade da Guerra" ("The Brotherhood of the War")


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