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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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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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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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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War  »

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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 second film to sell over 10 million tickets in South Korea after breaking the highest grossing record set earlier by Silmido (2003). See more »

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A modern Canadian flag can be seen at the Military Hospital in Daejun among a group of other flags. The scene in the movie is dated July 1951, but the modern Canadian flag was introduced in 1965. See more »

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Jin-tae: [tears up the last will that Jin-seok was writing] Wills are for dying people. You've got to be strong.
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Damning indictment of the cost of war
4 December 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

When North Korea invades the South, two brothers are forcibly drafted into the army. The older of the two, hoping to win a medal and ticket home for his younger brother, begins going on every suicide mission offered. This, however, puts a strain on his relationship with his brother and those in the platoon. Worse the course of the war has several nasty turns waiting for them...

I'm of two minds about this film. Despite the fact this is a graphic example of both the physical and psychic effects of war, the narrative is more than a bit disjointed. The film is loosely connected snapshots of the course of the war, beginning right before the invasion, then several weeks later before jumping about a month at a time to certain key events. I'm sure that had I better grasp of the history of the war I would have understood the events better. I felt lost and wished there had been more explanation. The lack of a narrative that follows all the way from start to finish hurts the film since we're moved a bit too much from place to place and situation to situation

But the course of the war is not the purpose of the film, rather its the relationship between two brothers. How war changes them and everything in and around them except the love they have for each other. Its a bit hokey but its dead on, just ask anyone who's ever loved their sibling unquestioningly. You understand how one brother would spend 50 years trying to find the other.

And then there are the battle scenes which are wonderful and frightening and seem to be the total chaos that war really is. People die horribly and the experience is far from fun.

Is the movie worth seeing?

Yes. Its not perfect but its a kick in the pants.

8 out of 10.


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