This, however, puts a strain on his relationship with his brother and those in the platoon. The directing is superb, the cinematography is excellent, the screenplay is brilliant and the story has some originality in it too, so this is not just another war movie. Since it's not my favourite genre or topic of interest, I can't say I loved it like a brother, but was sufficiently satisfied with it given what it is. . It's simply beautiful and will blow your mind away as well, it's just that good.
Overall, the movie is an experience well worth seeing, not only for its portrayal of conflict on the Korean peninsular during the time 1950's , but also for the relationship that develops between the two main brothers. You will be entertained and you will be amazed, again and again, not forgetting the whole story, drama-wise. I am not Korean, so I cannot say the general feeling that Korean people had when they watched this movie, or if everything was exactly how it happened, but in my personal opinion as an outsider, this movie is very good and well recreated, showing what I imagined when I read about the Korean war. No one should be judged for what they do during war - circumstances in war time can change one's psyche and outlook. The trailers you could cut of this thing my god. An emotional wringer we go through watching the changing situations between big brother Jin-tae and younger brother Jin-seok, the sad tragic scene of Young-shin, Jin-tae's fiancée caught between the political muddle of Koreans killing Koreans over suspecting communists involvement she did nothing wrong other than getting food for family members' survival. .
Without any kind of experience and few training, both brothers are sent to the front lines, where they witness the horrors of war. In one sentence : the best war movie I have ever seen - ever! By the end, i came this close to tearing up. Korea has remained divided for decades since and is subject to the possibility of a new war at any time. I'd give this movie 9. In the movie they are brothers and they just handle the job perfectly, without any flaws and it is a real pleasure to watch those two actors working together, they really have chemistry between them, just great.
And then there are the battle scenes which are wonderful and frightening and seem to be the total chaos that war really is. Just as Saving Private Ryan spoke so resounding to its audience, Taegukgi does the same for its own. The whole soundtrack is just fantastic though the composer Dong-jun Lee is unfamiliar to me, but hopefully I'll be hearing some of his music in the near future movies as it sounded so good in this one. The film is loosely connected snapshots of the course of the war, beginning right before the invasion, then several weeks later before jumping about a month at a time to certain key events. This is truly a masterpiece of modern cinema, a milestone in war movies, and one of the best films i have seen in a long time. I grew up with Sam Fuller, Peckinpah, Spielberg and the war films of Hollywood. But all this is the only way to get younger brother back home to his sick old mother.
He realized how much he has wrongly alienated his big brother. Even though it is quite long, Brotherhood doesn't drag but rather continues to soar throughout its length - this is a hugely impressive film that should be seen by more people - another example of how Asian cinema continues to be innovative, thought-provoking and well-crafted. See it for yourself, and believe it. This movie is a testament to Korean War veterans all over the world. The ending of the film won't come as much of a surprise, since it's basically foretold at the start with a scene set in the present day.
The elder brother tries to protect the younger brother from danger, whilst simultaneously leading the unit to victory. It was the only film along with Ikriu 1952 that brought me to tears. The movie is spectacle larger than any film made this year, but as intimate as a tale of brothers could ever be. As the war progresses, the war begins to poison Jin-Tae? These were done absolutely tremendous and it is far better than any American film and with deep storyline which almost made me cry you will get the full-value experience. I have seen all the greats, from Paths of Glory to Platoon to Apocalypse Now and many in between.
If you thought the Omaha Beach sequence in Saving Private Ryan was amazing, prepare to be blown away, this movie is about to rewrite history books. All the Saving Private Ryans of this world pale in comparison to Taegukgi. The sad and dramatic story shakes the emotions of the viewer, with another stupid war, and worst, between brothers. Citizens fight them, and these citizens are honorable men and women who serve their country willingly or, as history shows, by decree of a desperate government. If you watch the movie in this context then the symbolism of the protagonists and the name has a much deeper meaning.
I understand the release of this film in South Korea coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the country's truce with North Korea. I have just watched one of the most spectacular movies of war of the cinema industry, if not the best. And then it blew me away with its depiction of war and all of its complexities. You understand how one brother would spend 50 years trying to find the other. Then the war hits and everything turns upside down as the gut wrenching begins. I am shocked and surprised as to how much Korean filmmaking has progressed in a few short years, if this trend continues, within 10 years time, even Hollywood would be cowering in fear and begging for mercy. This thing it's just amazing.
Much like exploring the heart of darkness as depicted in American classics as Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now' and Oliver Stone's 'Platoon,' Kang Je-Gyu forces Jin-tae to explore his own budding evil, and this journey is not without its own relative scars. Being an only child, I wish I had a brother like that. It reminded me of the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, which I thought captured some of the reality of war while avoiding the pitfalls that Saving Private Ryan fell. The year is 1950, and we are introduced to a happy Korean family: Lee Jin-tae, the older brother who owns a small shoeshine stand in Seoul, his younger brother Lee Jin-seok, who is an excellent student and wants to go to the university,Jin tae's and Jin Seok's mother Yeong-ran Lee, Jin-tae's fiancée Young-shin and her little sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university.
Everything goes fine with the family, who is poor, but very united: Jin-tae has plans to marry Young-shin, and he and his mother saves all their money to send Jin-seok to college. Once a man has crossed over and embraced wartime madness, can he ever truly find a way out? The role performances of the lead actors, Dong-Kun Jang and Bin Won, are simply mind blowing. It features some of the best close range combat scenes. I have watched Taegukgi for the first time just yesterday, so my impressions of the movie are still fresh. It's big, slick and well put together.