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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.


(as Je-gyu Kang)


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Credited cast:
Eun-ju Lee ...
Young-shin Kim
Hyeong-jin Kong ...
Yeong-ran Lee ...
Mother Lee
Kil-kang Ahn ...
Sergeant Huh (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Jin Jung ...
Sergeant Lim
Jae-hyeong Jeon ...
Min-ho Jang ...
Yun-hie Jo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho
North Korean Captain
Do-Hee Go ...
Young-Guk Kim
Taek-ha Hwang ...
Platoon Soldier #2
Dae-Hoon Jeong


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War  »

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Box Office


$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,110,186 (USA) (10 December 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The South Korean briefing in 1951 just before one of the characters escapes to North Korean lines mentions an attack on Hills 931 and 851. This is a reference to the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, which occurred in September and October 1951. See more »


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 »


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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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Harry's Top Ten Movies of 2004 - No.1
3 January 2005 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

That's what this movie is. Pure hell. If you're that person that screamed in agony when Shakespeare IN LOVE beat SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – find this movie and realize just how much better TAE GUK GI: BROTHERHOOD OF WAR is than just about every war film ever made. A story of two brothers during the Korean War. The movie is spectacle larger than any film made this year, but as intimate as a tale of brothers could ever be. I grew up with Sam Fuller, Peckinpah, Spielberg and the war films of Hollywood. This thing… it's just amazing. I went to see it on "Can Day" here in Austin… where you donate 3 cans of food to the homeless and see any movie you want. I saw 4 films that day, this was the 3rd – and it just completely blew me away. I instantly got the Korean Box Set – and have seen it many times since… Unfortunately – the day I saw it in the theater was the last day it was showing in Austin. A BRILLIANT FILM. The film will just shake you to the core. The South Koreans are making brutally brilliant films. Amazing. Should be re-released with a major advertising campaign. The trailers you could cut of this thing… my god. Stunning film and my pick for the best film of 2004 ! Check the site -

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