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

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  6 February 2004 (South Korea)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

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Young-shin Kim
Hyeong-jin Kong ...
Yong-man
Yeong-ran Lee ...
Mother Lee
Kil-Kang Ahn ...
Sergeant Huh
Jin Jung ...
Sergeant Lim
Jae-hyeong Jeon ...
Yong-seok
Min-ho Jang ...
Yun-hie Jo ...
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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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Storyline

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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6 February 2004 (South Korea)  »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$363,439 (USA) (3 September 2004)

Gross:

$1,110,186 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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The actor that plays the North Korean Captain in the Pyongyang battle scene called in sick and he was replaced with another actor with similar features. See more »

Goofs

In a couple of shots the flags of the UN countries that were involved in the South Korea side during the war are displayed. The canadian "Maple Leaf" is visible and also the current South African flag. The canadian flag was changed in 1965 from the red ensign of the colonial time to the present design and South Africa changed its flag from the tricolor (orange, white and blue) to the present design after 1992, so both flags displayed are incorrect. See more »

Quotes

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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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Some Personal Opinions Why This Film is so Beloved...
17 December 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Possible Spoilers*** First of all, major praise goes to Jang Dong Gun's riveting performance. He captured the essence of a nation divided, the immorality of war as your own folks become your enemies, and love for your brother regardless of the situation of the world and/or personal vendetta. The transformation he undergoes and the madness of war he evokes and invokes leaves quite an impact garnering notice.

I knew I was in for something as soon as I saw the archaeological dig of a battlefield starting the film as a grandfather's story is slowly drawn out. The flashback sequence between two brothers is heartwarming as you see the elder brother watching over and sacrificing for his younger sibling and the bond that they have. Being an only child, I wish I had a brother like that. Then the war hits and everything turns upside down as the gut wrenching begins.

The haunting thing about this movie is that the enemy is your own people and they speak your own language and share the same ancestors and genetics. What's more you kill your own kin because of circumstance in a situation of kill or be killed. The simmering conflict between the two brothers deserves special attention because it will hit home as the core message of the movie is made by it. The film made me think of what my parents and grandparents lived through.

-About Saving Private Ryan. To me they were worlds apart in situation, meaning and focus but similar in execution and structure. Just as Saving Private Ryan spoke so resounding to its audience, Taegukgi does the same for its own.


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