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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo (original title)
When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director:

Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)

Writers:

Richard Epcar (dubbed version), Ji-hoon Han | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... Jin-tae Lee
Won Bin ... Jin-seok Lee
Eun-ju Lee Eun-ju Lee ... Young-shin Kim
Hyeong-jin Kong ... Yong-man
Yeong-ran Lee Yeong-ran Lee ... Mother Lee
Kil-kang Ahn ... Sergeant Huh (as Kil-Kang Ahn)
Jin Jung Jin Jung ... Sergeant Lim
Jae-hyeong Jeon Jae-hyeong Jeon ... Yong-seok
Min-ho Jang Min-ho Jang ... Old Jin-seok Lee
Yun-hie Jo Yun-hie Jo ... Jin-seok Lee's grandaughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho Won-hee Cho
Min-sik Choi ... North Korean Captain
Do-Hee Go Do-Hee Go ... Young-Guk Kim
Taek-ha Hwang Taek-ha Hwang ... Platoon Soldier #2
Dae-Hoon Jeong Dae-Hoon Jeong
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Storyline

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

3L Filmverleih [Germany]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War See more »

Filming Locations:

A-San City, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$363,439, 5 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,111,061

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,287,982
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Jin-tae fights the North Korean captain, the car behind them alternates between being on fire and not being on fire. 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.
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a directors cut running 148min.8min longer than the US and original version See more »

Connections

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Oppaneun punggakjaengi
Written by Kim Song Kyu and Park Yeong Ho
Sung by Park Hyang Rim.
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Better than any Hollywood production
17 November 2004 | by chris_santnerSee all my reviews

I have watched Taegukgi for the first time just yesterday, so my impressions of the movie are still fresh. I have not known much about the Korean War that took place at the beginning of the 1950's, but that was a history lesson I will not easily forget. Taegukgi is really the best (anti-)war movie I have ever seen. And believe me, I have seen a lot. But no movie ever before has impressed me so much. In most Hollywood productions there is only one perspective, the winners view. Many directors tried to make a movie that shows both sides of the conflict, but all of them failed. Until now: Taegugki is showing the situation mostly from the south korean view too, but it is the first movie which shows also the "other side". I was very surprised, that the director showed also the crime that his own government committed to their own people at this time. That movie is the first war movie that is not glorifying war - it's horrifying, terrifying, scary - like in reality.


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