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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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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 ...
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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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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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War  »

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Box Office

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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The attacking American F4U Corsairs seem too small when they are seen during the initial bombing run. 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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SEE IT: Superior to "Saving Private Ryan"
18 November 2004 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Whereas Saving Private Ryan's plot was a "situation" rather than a story--it's fatal flaw in my opinion)-- this harrowing film of the Korean War is a well paced and heart-wrenching tale of two brothers caught up in one of the twentieth century's most vicious conflicts.

The superbly realistic battle scenes are more brutal than any war movie I've ever seen...it makes you realize that combat is one of the most horrifying of all human experiences. In film it is a good thing; It is necessary to communicate and teach the horror of war.

By the way, "Tae Guk Gi" is the name of the South Korean flag. I give this movie ten out of ten stars.


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