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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War 2004

  • Kang Je-Gyu
  • September 3, 2004
  • 140 mins
  • Korean
  • Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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.


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My favorite war movie ever.

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One of the best war movies i have ever seen. Quite a few times it looks like you are watching a Asian version of Saving Private Ryan. The director did an incredible job with the budget he had (12,8 million) to make this movie.

The story, the action and struggle the two brothers have to endure to get back home is perfectly filmed. Most war movies show just one side of the story, but this movie shows both the South and North Korean people and the horrors they endure and give to others.

It's a shame that most people have never even heard of this movie, and that it didn't at least get a nomination for an Oscar. Because this is a movie that really deserved to win and be recognized by a larger audience than the one it has right now.

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