Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2004

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Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, in the powerful tradition of Saving Private Ryan, is the biggest film in Korean cinema history. A pair of brothers hopes and dreams are shattered when both are forced to join the army against their will during the Korean War. In the searing crucible of battle, fate intervenes, forcing their bonds of faith, love and trust to be tested time and again in this suspense-filled, action-packed war drama.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    With killing as an end in itself, combatants lose sight of what they were supposed to be taking up arms for in the first place. It's a terrible lesson, and one that Tae Guk Gi teac...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Far more ambivalent and ambiguous film than Mr. Spielberg's. Both North and South are portrayed as brutal, abusive regimes that use their citizens as so much cannon fodder.

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

    Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.

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Historical, Military & War, Foreign Language