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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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Richard Epcar (dubbed version)
Je-kyu Kang
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Release Date:
24 September 2004 (USA) See more »
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Impressive war film from Korea See more (221 total) »


  (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 (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
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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Also Known As:
"Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for strong graphic sequences of war violence
140 min | 148 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

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 »
Anachronisms: When Jin-tae brings Jin-seok a Hershey bar, the nutritional information on the back (not required until the 1990s) can clearly be seen. Not only that - it's a king-size Hershey bar, which wasn't introduced until 1980.See more »
Jin-tae:Look at me. Trust me.See more »
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998)See more »


Should I watch this in its native language with subtitles, or in a dubbed form?
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70 out of 89 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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