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Mai wei (2011)

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.

Director:

Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)

Writers:

Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang), Justin Byung-in Kim (screenplay) (as Byung-in Kim) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Takakura
Isao Natsuyagi ... Tatsuo's Grandfather
Shirô Sano ... Tatsuo's Father
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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The war(s) we missed
22 December 2017 | by sergelamarcheSee all my reviews

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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Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mai wei See more »

Filming Locations:

Latvia

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,817, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$70,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,653,488
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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