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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) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dong-Gun Jang ... 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 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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Details

Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Latvia

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,817, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,330, 20 May 2012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Normandy beach landing scene appears to be a combination of the action on the American beaches on D-Day. The heavy casualties, bunkers and beach obstacles is a staple of Omaha Beach, while the men assaulting the beach wear 4th Infantry Division patches, which attacked Utah Beach. Lastly, the climbing up the cliff using ropes are from the assault on Pointe Du Hoc, between the Utah and Omaha beaches. See more »

Goofs

Jun Shik & Tetsuo are seen struggling to cross mountains as they flee Soviet captivity. However, the only mountains in central European Russia are to the east, the Urals. If they are heading west as stated, the first mountain range would be the Carpathians in German-allied Romania or German-occupied Poland. See more »

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Epic! Hollywood you're on notice!
13 July 2012 | by goatbut29See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and I'm stunned at the beauty and depth of it. I especially like that it jumped right it and didn't linger on character development type stuff-you learned the characters as it went.

What I really wanna say Is that over and over again now it seems that every time i watch a 'good' foreign film, its REALLY good and leaves me wondering when I felt motivated enough about a big Hollywood production to start a post about it.

Hollywood seems to have a habit of bashing me over the head with some agenda or specific train of thought and I appreciate how this movie and many foreign movies I've seen similar to it in value and production either hid its agenda from me nicely, was some 'thought' I didn't understand due to historical understanding, or simply tried to provide a visual story to the best of their ability.

Whatever the case, this movie rocked and I was glued to the very end. I will be searching for more from this director.


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