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In the powerful tradition of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers comes this box-office hit from Korea.From the director of Shiri comes the epic tale of two brothers. Jin-tae, a shoemaker, has worked tirelessly to provide money for the younger Jin-seok to go to college. But each of their hopes and dreams are shattered when both are forced to join the army against their will. Torn away from home and family, Jin-tae vows to protect Jin-seok despite the dangers and the cost. 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.
A big, bruising epic of the Korean War, Tae Guk Gi smashed box-office records when it played in South Korea in 2004, almost as though the country needed to re-live the trauma at a 50-year distance. For the rest of the world, this movie looks like a ground-level reckoning in a melodramatic key, with an authentic feel for battle lines as well as home front. Tae Guk Gi follows two brothers--one uneducated and forceful, the other intellectual and reserved--as they are united and then divided by the conflict. The broadly emotional story has some of the power of tales of the American Civil War, when family members found themselves on opposite sides of a battle. Director Kang Je-gyu , who made the lively female-assassin hit Shiri, takes a blunt approach to the material (including a Saving Private Ryan-style framing device). And at 150 minutes, he has plenty of time for head-splitting, blood-spraying combat. This movie is meant as a punch in the stomach, and it connects. --Robert Horton
Brutal to watch, lots of violence, some graphic. Naturally, since this is a movie about a terrible and tragic war. But, well done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherrill McCullough Davis
This was an amazing movie that opened my eyes to the Korean War. Brilliantly done following two brothers and the complexity and conflicting emotions and change war brings to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carole Whang Schutter
This movie was a great find! I loved the storyline, the war scenes, and the historical aspect of the movie.Published 2 months ago by TheKingElRey
Not used to the Korean Soldiers over emphasizing actions through most of the film. Far, far from Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Danny
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Both. You can listen in English or in Korean with English subtitles. I recommend the latter, though, since the English voice-overs sound a little corny and detract from the seriousness of the film.
May 12, 2009 by Jon | See all 4 posts
Yes. It also has English audio, but I recommend against listening to it, since it's corny and detracts from the seriousness of the film.
May 12, 2009 by Jon | See all 3 posts
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The cover states that the film is in both English and Korean.
Jun 7, 2008 by Alamo2 | See all 2 posts
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