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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:

$260,135, 5 September 2004

Gross USA:

$1,111,061

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,092,496
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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

Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the South Koreans are retreating from the Chinese, one of the POWs takes a pistol from an injured soldier, shooting him twice. When he shoots the soldier a second time, the sound of the gunshot is out of sync with the slide kicking back (Just before it shows the soldier getting shot, you can clearly see the slide is back, but the gunshot is heard a few seconds later). 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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User Reviews

 
Wonderful
7 September 2004 | by poptartsgurlSee all my reviews

This 2.5 hour long movie was wonderful! As a Korean, this movie was very emotionally moving and touching. Some people (mainly Westerners) think this movie was "over-dramatic", but it's actually a part of korean custom, culture and history. If you do not speak or understand Korean, a lot of the "meaning" is lost and cannot be portrayed in subtitles. That is a true shame. The story-line between the two brothers was heart-felt and emotional. Korea has remained divided for decades since and is subject to the possibility of a new war at any time. It was considered one of the most destructive and bloodiest wars of the 20th century with over 4 million koreans dead (2/3 of them were civilian). The Korean War will always be remembered as the "Forgotten War" since it came on the heels of World War II and was overshadowed by the Vietnam War.


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