Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the ... See full summary »
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »
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
The South Korean briefing in 1951 just before one of the characters escapes to North Korean lines mentions an attack on Hills 931 and 851. This is a reference to the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, which occurred in September and October 1951. See more »
In a couple of shots the flags of the UN countries that were involved in the South Korea side during the war are displayed. The Canadian "Maple Leaf" is visible and also the current South African flag. The Canadian flag was changed in 1965 from the Canadian Red Ensign to the present design and South Africa changed its flag from the tricolor (orange, white and blue) to the present design after 1994, so both flags displayed are incorrect. See more »
[pulls out Jin-seok's pen that he lost]
I found this in the fire. I've been holding onto this for you.
Give it to me... when I see you again.
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It started out like so many other movies, a short clip of the present and then a long flashback. And then it blew me away with its depiction of war and all of its complexities. The changes in the attitudes of the two brothers as the Korean War progresses helps us understand that war is not merely about good and evil. The most well intentioned soldier or commander can go astray. The Korean War turned brother against brother based on little more than time and place, conviction, or happenstance.
Take Guk Gi is the best antiwar movie that I have seen since Johnny Got His Gun.
It reminded me of the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, which I thought captured some of the reality of war while avoiding the pitfalls that Saving Private Ryan fell.
If the DC crowd watched the Battle of Algiers but missed the message, All Americans should see Tae Guk Gi to better understand the horror and tragedy of war.
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