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Mai wei (2011)

R | | Action, Drama, War | 20 April 2012 (USA)
In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.


(as Je-gyu Kang)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun-shik Kim
Joe Odagiri ...
Tatsuo Hasegawa
Shirai (as Fan Bing-Bing)
Lee Jong-dae
Hee-won Kim ...
Tae-kyung Oh ...
Min-Woo (as Kwak Jung Wook)
Shi-hoo Kim ...
Tsukamoto (as Kim Si-Hoo)
Jun-shik's Father
Yun Hui-won ...
Son Ki-Jung (as Yoon Hee-Won)
Manabu Hamada ...
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Tatsuo's Grandfather
Shirô Sano ...
Tatsuo's Father


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 Anonymous

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In a world at war, my enemy is my salvation.


Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for intense realistically graphic sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Way  »

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Box Office


KRW 30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,817, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,330, 20 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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The story was based on Yang Kyoungjong, He served three sides during World War 2 Empire of Japan,Nazi German & Soviet Union. He was later captured by the American Paratroopers in June 6 1944, D-Day. See more »


The weather at the time of the Normandy invasion is shown as bright and sunny when in fact the invasion took place during some of the worst weather seen over the English Channel in 20 years. See more »


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My Way gives new meaning to rivalry
29 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

War films are released left and right, but usually all feel like another rehash with little to nothing new to them. With the Asian film market they are well-known for their epic period pieces and have delivered some really well done war films. The latest of this genre My Way coming out of Korea takes a unique take on the war film. While they have proved the ability to make a great war movie, will this new twist with the story manage to create something memorable or just be another loss on the battlefield? My Way follows a Korean and Japanese marathon runner that are thrust into a bitter rivalry that follows them off the track and onto the battlefield as they are forced to enlist. This is not only a good war film it is easily one of the best to come along in quite a while. As it advertised, it is very much like Saving Private Ryan, but way better. The story is a bit out there at times but is amazing to watch. It has taken the true story of a Korean body found on the beaches of Normandy and created and amazing journey around it. The performances are all really well done and only enhance the overall experience. There are times in war movies that they try to deliver a well-crafted story to make a better film, but end up sacrificing the war aspect. Here they not only didn't ignore it, they deliver on a massive scale. With a film running almost two and a half hours, it delivers almost non-stop violent bloody action that takes you directly onto the battlefield. While it is a long film, it never really feels like it. The story moves at a breathtaking pace with a brilliantly executed pace and beautifully violent visuals that will not soon be forgotten.

My Way has not only created a brilliant war film, it takes you on a journey of redemption and emotional pain. There are so many levels to this film that it's nearly impossible to touch on them all. If you are a fan of this genre then you have to give this movie a shot. It is not just a movie; it's an experience of cleverly written and executed filmmaking that will entertain on numerous levels.


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