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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War -- A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

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6 February 2004 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Impressive war film from Korea See more (215 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dong-gun Jang ... Jin-tae Lee

Bin Won ... Jin-seok Lee
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 ... Old Jin-seok Lee
Yun-hie Jo ... Jin-seok Lee's grandaughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho

Min-sik Choi ... North Korean Captain
Do-Hee Go ... Young-Guk Kim
Taek-ha Hwang ... Platoon Soldier #2
Dae-Hoon Jeong

Doo-hong Jung
Bo-kyeong Kim
Kyung-Hwan Kim ... Young-Min Kim
Su-ro Kim ... Anti-Communist Federation member
Ki-su Park ... Esq. Yang
Sung-Mo Um ... Seung-Chul

Joe Cappelletti ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)

D.C. Douglas ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Adam Epstein ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Directed by
Je-kyu Kang  (as Je-gyu Kang)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ji-hoon Han 
Je-kyu Kang  (as Je-gyu Kang)
Sang-don Kim 

Produced by
Ha-na Lee .... planning producer
Seong-hun Lee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dong-jun Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Kyung-pyo Hong 
 
Film Editing by
Kyeong-hie Choi 
 
Production Design by
Bo-Kyung Sin 
 
Production Management
Hyun-Jeong Hwang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doo-hong Jung .... martial arts director
Min-Gyu Song .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eun-ah Choi .... dialogue editor
Sung Rok Choi .... dialogue premix
Chang-seop Kim .... sound designer
Suk-won Kim .... supervising sound editor
Ju-kang Park .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Do-ahn Jung .... special effects supervisor
Kyung-soo Park .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Chong-Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
Namsik Kim .... digital artist
Jaehoon Lee .... digital artist
Kim Namsik .... compositor
Danyo Donghyun Yoon .... pre-visualization artist
 
Other crew
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Myung-Rim Park .... advisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong graphic sequences of war violence
Runtime:
140 min | 148 min (director's cut)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB (original rating) | Hong Kong:III (video rating) | Indonesia:Dewasa | Ireland:15A (cinema release) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:Unrated | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:M18 (original rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (director's cut) | USA:R
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Trivia:
One of four Korean movies screened at the 2006 International Fajr Film Festival in Iran.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the South Korean celebration after their victory in the recent battle. They are informed that UN Forces had successfully landed at Incheon. While the soldier's yell and celebrate waves of jet fighters fly over head. You can clearly see the swept wing design of the US F-86 Sabre, only the F-86 was not sent to Korea until December 1950. The landing at Incheon took place in September, 1950.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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Movie Connections:
References Saving Private Ryan (1998)See more »

FAQ

Should I watch this in its native language with subtitles, or in a dubbed form?
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68 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Impressive war film from Korea, 11 December 2004
Author: Simon Booth from UK

I'm not a big fan of war films, unless the war in question was at least a couple hundred years ago or somewhere in the future, or the stars - but I did enjoy SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, if "enjoy" is the best word to use for such an experience. Apparently, director Kang Je-Gyu (SHIRI) enjoyed SPR too, as its influence on his Korean war film TAEGUKGI is impossible to deny. SHIRI was the South Korean film that probably did more than any other to bring the country's cinematic new wave into being, and especially into the field of view of the rest of the world at large. Its main accomplishment was, arguably, demonstrating that Korea could make a film that competed head on with Hollywood product, in terms of slick production values but also perhaps in terms of vacuous scripts Although it is rather shallow compared to other Korean films, though, I think it's safe to say that SHIRI had more depth than Hollywood would have injected into a similar story.

TAEGUKGI is his first film since SHIRI, and he's definitely playing the Hollywood game again - tackling Spielberg head on this time. Like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, TAEGUKGI attempts to humanise war by giving us some specific characters to focus on (in this case, two brothers played by Won Bin and Jang Dong-Kun) - and then uses our personal connection to show us that war is actually a dehumanising experience. The film also spares no effort in showing us the ability of bullets, knives and bombs to turn human beings into squishy piles of gore.

There's a fairly obvious political symbolism in the story of two brothers and the effects the Korean war has on their lives and relationship - I don't know if it would be fair to read the ending as a view about the conditions under which Korean reunification might occur though. The ending of the film won't come as much of a surprise, since it's basically foretold at the start with a scene set in the present day. The exact details might be a little unexpected though.

If you like your modern-ish day war films, and specifically if you liked SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, then there's very little doubt that TaeGukGi will impress. It's big, slick and well put together. Since it's not my favourite genre or topic of interest, I can't say I loved it like a brother, but was sufficiently satisfied with it given what it is.

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