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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War -- In the powerful tradition of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, comes the biggest film out of Korea to date. Two brothers battle for and against each other during the brutal Korean War.
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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Epcar (dubbed version)
Je-kyu Kang
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Release Date:
24 September 2004 (USA) 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:
Damning indictment of the cost of war See more (219 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)
Richard Epcar  dubbed version
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
 
Editorial Department
Jae-Min Han .... film telecine
 
Other crew
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Winston Emano .... publicist
Richard Epcar .... voice director: English version
David Magdael .... publicist
Myung-Rim Park .... advisor
 

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Additional Details

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actor that plays the North Korean Captain in the Pyongyang battle scene called in sick and he was replaced with another actor with similar features.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the scene where North Korean soldiers ambush Jin Tae and several other South Korean soldiers while they're laying mines, one of the South Koreans steps on a mine and it blows his leg off. However, the M15 Anti-tank mine, which was the mine they were using, requires a force of 350 to 750 lbs to detonate.See more »
Quotes:
Jin-tae:[tears up the last will that Jin-seok was writing] Wills are for dying people. You've got to be strong.See more »
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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51 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Damning indictment of the cost of war, 4 December 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

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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8.1/10 chiliwaterboy
About as realistic as Call of Duty, Rambo-action ruined the drama! Lin301
This is the 1st movie that made me cry in the first 30 minutes ItsSoLeigh
How many scene themes are ripoffs from American War movies? mshihrer
Movies that made us cry rayman78
HOW MANY FIST FIGHTS ARE IN THIS MOVIE?! stevo993
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