Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
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Korea's leading filmmaker, Kang Je-gyu, directed this epic-scale drama focusing on two brothers caught up in the madness of the war that tore their nation apart in the early '50s. Jin-seok Lee (Weon Bin) is a bright and well-educated young man whose older and more physically imposing brother Jin-tae Lee (Jang Dong-gun) believes he represents the best hope for his family's future. When both Jin-seok and Jin-tae are called up to fight in the South Korean army following the advance of Communist forces, a wary Jin-tae cuts a deal with his commanding officer -- if he racks up an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The battle scenes are amazing in their scope and vehemence. But in the breaks between fighting, the movie reminds us that the costs of war can exceed the loss of life and limb."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Later scenes in Brotherhood make mad, passionate love with being cliched."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"For fans of New Korean Cinema with strong stomachs for violence and melodrama, there's a lot to love."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"At times the performances seem more akin to the histrionics of old silent movies, when emotions had to be seen because they couldn't be heard."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The beauty of writer/director Je-gyu Kang's work is his ability to gloss over the dramatic deficiencies with some of the best combat footage ever."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Tae Guk Gi is The Deer Hunter and Saving Private Ryan for South Korea's burgeoning cinema."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"While Tae Guk Gi's horrific imagery is peppered throughout with moments of surreal beauty, it remains one of the most realistic depictions of battlefield chaos I can think of."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'"
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"What really separates Tae Guk Gi from Private Ryan's ilk is that the conflicted Koreans fight desperately in their own backyard, as opposed to U.S. movie soldiers who are always on an adventure abroad."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"...it's not only one of the year's best films, but it may be one of the all-time great war movies"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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