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
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 film shows the two protagonists as Wehrmacht soldiers, but that would not be possible. The Wehrmacht only consisted of German citizens. All foreign volunteers fought in the SS. In real life the person who actually lived through this story was a member of the SS Ostbattallion, mostly consisting of Kirgiz, Mongol and other Asian volunteers. See more »
Epic story of a pair of rival soldiers making it through world war two, slaving for several armies. Stupendous recreations of war combat, sometimes surreal. This film is catering to the boy in us that has no fear and wants all sorts of adventures. Many events of the film seems exagerated a notch but I can't hold it against it because the truth is often incredible. We do feel the passion and adventure and I applaud the film makers for this different view point. Great film.
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