Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Even with its overemotional moments, it's more honest than most.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Brutal yet meaningful, agonizing yet touching, The Brotherhood of War is a harrowing but rewarding experience.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Although flawed, the film is obviously successful in bringing to life what has been called the 20th century's 'forgotten war.'

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Worth seeing for its sheer otherness at a time when Americans are forced to look increasingly at the outside world for new information.

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David Cornelius

Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
paul oh
The action is probably more intense than Saving Private Ryan and that means something! The story progresses from a slow beginning to an epic finale that might… More
Lee ?
Superb Korean war movie which focuses on two brothers who are drafted into the south Korean army after the communist north start to invade further south. The… More
Albert Kim
Let's be real; Saving Private Ryan is a better movie then Tae Guk Gi. This is movie tries too hard to be exactly like Saving Private Ryan- the action, the… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I wish this was all just a dream. I want to wake up in my bed, and over breakfast, I'd tell you that I had a strange dream. Then I would go… More
familiar stranger
I'd never have taken notice of the movie had it not been from the Oldboy director. I've no intention to patronize him, but he's done an… More
Cynthia S.
This was definitely a war movie. Yikes! If someone likes many, many graphic and disgusting war scenes, well this is their movie. Holy cow it was intense. The… More

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