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

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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
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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Korean pop star/actor Youngwoong Jaejoong also starred in this film as an extra. He is best known as a lead vocalist for pop groups TVXQ/DBSK/TOHOSHINKI and JYJ. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the South Koreans are retreating from the Chinese, one of the POWs takes a pistol from an injured soldier, shooting him twice. When he shoots the soldier a second time, the sound of the gunshot is out of sync with the slide kicking back (Just before it shows the soldier getting shot, you can clearly see the slide is back, but the gunshot is heard a few seconds later). See more »

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Jin-seok: I wish this was all just a dream. I want to wake up in my bed, and over breakfast, I'd tell you that I had a strange dream. Then I would go to school, and you and mom would go to work.
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One of the Best Movie About War
10 December 2004 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

It started out like so many other movies, a short clip of the present and then a long flashback. And then it blew me away with its depiction of war and all of its complexities. The changes in the attitudes of the two brothers as the Korean War progresses helps us understand that war is not merely about good and evil. The most well intentioned soldier or commander can go astray. The Korean War turned brother against brother based on little more than time and place, conviction, or happenstance.

Take Guk Gi is the best antiwar movie that I have seen since Johnny Got His Gun.

It reminded me of the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, which I thought captured some of the reality of war while avoiding the pitfalls that Saving Private Ryan fell.

If the DC crowd watched the Battle of Algiers but missed the message, All Americans should see Tae Guk Gi to better understand the horror and tragedy of war.


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