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Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo's grandfather's farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik's unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy. Written by
The Normandy beach landing scene appears to be a combination of the action on the American beaches on D-Day. The heavy casualties, bunkers and beach obstacles is a staple of Omaha Beach, while the men assaulting the beach wear 4th Infantry Division patches, which attacked Utah Beach. Lastly, the climbing up the cliff using ropes are from the assault on Pointe Du Hoc, between the Utah and Omaha beaches. See more »
Some of the American M1 Carbines have a small rectangular block on their barrels; this is a bayonet lug, not seen on these weapons until the Korean War, or at least very late in the war. See more »
30.000.000.000 South Korean Won is the estimated budget of this Korean masterpiece. Sounds like a big amount, but at today's exchange rate (1 KRW = 0.000860807 USD) that makes just under 26mio USD. For this budget, 'Mai Wei' manages to equal the most memorable wide-angle scenes from saving private Ryan (budget 70mio USD) and enemy at the gates (68 mio USD). Kinda makes you wonder what these Koreans could do with a budget of 200mio USD.
The story of this movie spans such a vast geographical area and a huge scope of events, however never fails to show those little sides of man. The characters are not black and white and they evolve throughout the story.
You really get a feeling that war is basically people going through the same misery, making the same mistakes, just in a different setting. In fact, some people in this movie even learn from their mistakes, which is original.
An emotional roller-coaster around the world in which people actually speak different languages, rather than English accents.
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