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My Way (2011)

Mai wei (original title)
R | | Action, Drama, War | 20 April 2012 (USA)
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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.


Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)


Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang), Justin Byung-in Kim (screenplay) (as Byung-in Kim) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jang Dong-Gun ... Jun-shik Kim
Joe Odagiri ... Tatsuo Hasegawa
Bingbing Fan ... Shirai (as Fan Bing-Bing)
In-kwon Kim ... Lee Jong-dae
Hee-won Kim ... Chun-Bok
Tae-kyung Oh Tae-kyung Oh ... Kwang-Chun
Jung-Wook Kwak ... Min-Woo (as Kwak Jung Wook)
Shi-hoo Kim Shi-hoo Kim ... Tsukamoto (as Kim Si-Hoo)
Ho-jin Chun ... Jun-shik's Father
Hui-Won Yun Hui-Won Yun ... Son Ki-Jung (as Yoon Hee-Won)
Tarô Yamamoto ... Noda
Manabu Hamada Manabu Hamada ... Mukai
Shingo Tsurumi Shingo Tsurumi ... Takakura
Isao Natsuyagi ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The German officer addressing the German troops at Normandy is played by former German judoka Alexander von der Groeben (billed in the closing titles as Alexander Graf von der Groeben). Participant of the Olympic Games 1984 and 1988, and two times European champion in 1984 and 1985. See more »


As Jun-Shik finds a large wound, clear water is evidently spurting out instead of blood. See more »


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My Way gives new meaning to rivalry
29 July 2012 | by rgblakeySee 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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20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


KRW30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,817, 22 April 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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