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  • 2004
  • film
  • Korea

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romanized taegeukgi hwinallimyeo
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english Brotherhood Of Flags (literal)
aka Tae Guk Gi Brotherhood, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood Of War

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genres action, history, life, military

Language

language Korean

Production

country Korea
type real
format film

Release

date 05 Feb, 2004
duration 148 minutes
status released

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total users 676
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About two brothers living through the Korean war. They are torn from their family and forced to be soldiers.

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Lee Jin Seok
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Lee Jin Tae
main
Yeong Sin
supporting
Yeong Man
supporting
Sergeant Heo
supporting
Yong Seok
supporting

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19 Mar, 2013
Wah! I think that I began crying within five minutes of this film. One doesn't have to be Korean to "enjoy" this story and I think that is it's genius: the ability to impart to others even a small bit of the pain so many felt...still feel in the aftermath of the Korean War. Even the character flaws in the protagonists, albeit infuriating, lent realism to the the depiction and elicited my empathy.

For example,we have Jin Seok. He grew a lot during the story but it was almost annoying to watch him go through it. The bad thing is, we all know little siblings like him. Sheltered children who can't seem to think for themselves at first only to come to many of the wrong conclusions when they finally DO start manning up. It wasn't too bad though because, in general, he was just doing what immature boys do: being a brat.

On the other hand, although one might attempt to justify his reasons, Jin Tae could possibly be seen as seriously morally corrupt and, unless I was his brother, I sure as h*** wouldn't want him on my team. Believe it or not, I could actually pick apart several of his actions during the film but for now I'll try to keep it a little shorter:

The guy was not a team player; if your name wasn't Jin Seok you weren't worth much more than a pawn (although it could be argued that everyone higher up saw them ALL that way); he had no problem schmoozing with the big guns, parroting whatever they wanted him to yet his actual loyalty was for none other than his brother, not his country, not his fellow soldier, not even his former friends; and that hesitation when Jin Seok told him to run with Young Shin? Was it because he doubted her as well? Or simply because to choose running to safety with her would undoubtedly mean leaving his beloved brother behind? I truly know what it is like to love one's sibling more than anyone else on earth but sometimes a love like that can be unhealthy.

Of course, one's life experiences will always rise to the fore as to which scene struck you the most but for me, even in a story about brothers, I can't stop remembering that poor widowed mother, already physically manifesting the emotional damage wrought from having lost her husband (presumably under Japanese occupation, possibly in World War II) as her babies, babies who know nothing of combat, babies that she raised for 18+ years, were torn from her arms to be thrust into harm's way as pawns for the sake of ideals whose practical implications in her own life she could hardly contemplate.

I look at my child and shudder to think of such a thing. I wonder how I would have coped if my own spouse had perished in combat a few years ago. I was reminded of my nation's descent into Civil War—although that one was at least of our own making rather than imposed upon us by meddling superpowers—yet I can hardly imagine executing my friend, coming to blows with my sibling.

So many losses...and despite the ending picture reminding us that there is nothing left to the living but to keep on living, one can hardly escape the futility of it all: the things that we work for; the businesses we build with our own two hands; the education that we pore over in our studies; the very sacrifices that we make on the behalf of our loved ones; the romances we court; all the blood, sweat and tears we spend on making our lives...
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08 Aug, 2011
In my opinion it's important to know about history, so that mistakes of the past won't be repeated. Thus I like war movies. Even if they're often ever dramatical, it's alright, because war is a dramatical matter and if a war film is moving, it's good, because that makes people remember how aweful it is, even if they live in peace.

I was seriously moved by this film from the first minute on (well I'm kinda sentimental about this topic) and I cried a lot. I like how it was packaged as in how you could see Jin Seok at the beginning and in the end. The fight scenes and special effects were well done and even though the movie is long, it never becomes boring or irrelevant. Also the cast was awesome, the more I watch with Won Bin, the more I fall for him. He's awesome beyond words! Jang Dong Gun was just as good in this movie. Their portrait of the brotherly relationship made me mad and sad at the same time, thus I loved it, because I believe that's how it was supposed to make me feel.

Overall I can really recommend this film to anyone, not just asian cinema fanatics or people who like war movies.
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01 Aug, 2010
They both have to do with brothers having to live through wars and how they deal with the situation.

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jangminhae 27 Oct, 2014
A really good movie about the korean war of '50 and the great bond between two brothers that overcomes everything else.
It was sad and touching and I just couldn't keep myself from crying.
Excellent plot, excellent acting, excellent music.
Highly recommended.
Masterpiece: 5/5
kiyoshi 12 Aug, 2014
This one is a really good korean war movie.
arielifeoma 03 Jul, 2014
@luluah300 Will do. Thanks for the suggestion.
dodi1d 30 Dec, 2013
Best war movie i've ever seen, i couldn't stop crying :'( Won bin and Jang Dong Geon did a great job!
luluah300 23 Nov, 2013
I watched "Tae Guk Gi" after "My Way" for the same director which was really great so I was expecting something so powerful from this film since it's the most notable work for the director but i was disappointed... it was not bad but "My Way" was way better than this film so if you like this you should check it.
iluvlynx 24 Aug, 2013
That was probably the saddest movie I've ever seen in my life. The brothers' bond was beautiful and very realistic, and I thought the acting was amazing. I could really reel the pain when the characters felt pain.

It sucked because I knew how the ending was going to be, because they started the movie in the future and then went back in the past. But even though I knew what was going to happen, it was about the story during the war, and how they coped with it, that mattered.

If you're looking for a war movie with all action and only heroism, this movie isn't for you.
taekyul893 10 Aug, 2013
This is so heartbreaking, I can't stop crying.
Very powerful and I'm just left.. speechless.
arielifeoma 19 Mar, 2013
@daredaniel I can see how one might think that this is a cliched, hero martyr movie but neither myself nor my spouse (both veterans) took it that way. I personally saw a LOT of character flaws in both protagonists, enough to infuriate one if you actually expected them to behave like a cliched hero martyr instead of a how real people might (because we are all different) react to stress.

For example,we have Jin Seok. He grew a lot during the story but it was almost annoying to watch him go through it. The bad thing is, we all know little siblings like him. Sheltered children who can't seem to think for themselves at first only to come to many of the wrong conclusions when they finally DO start manning up. It wasn't too bad though because, in general, he was just doing what immature boys do: being a brat.

On the other hand, although one might attempt to justify his reasons, Jin Tae could possibly be seen as seriously morally corrupt and, unless I was his brother, I sure as h*** wouldn't want him on my team. Believe it or not, I could actually pick apart several of his actions during the film but for now I'll try to keep it a little shorter:

The guy was not a team player; if your name wasn't Jin Seok you weren't worth much more than a pawn (although it could be argued that everyone higher up saw them ALL that way); he had no problem schmoozing with the big guns, parroting whatever they wanted him to yet his actual loyalty was for none other than his brother, not his country, not his fellow soldier, not even his former friends; and that hesitation when Jin Seok told him to run with Young Shin? Was it because he doubted her as well? Or simply because to choose running to safety with her would undoubtedly mean leaving his beloved brother behind? I truly know what it is like to love one's sibling more than anyone else on earth but sometimes a love like that can be unhealthy.


As for running through bullets and accuracy of certain weapons, my spouse and I actually talk about that one quite a bit. Sure, on one level it is somewhat unrealistic that they were wounded so few times. On the other hand though, if someone is simply spraying bullets in an arc instead of actually aiming, it's quite possible that they'd miss you, especially if they have very little weapons training, as was the case with many of these hastily drafted soldiers.
This is why mass shootings prefer magazines with large numbers of rounds, way more than they successfully manage to lodge in someone.
In addition, a lot of it comes down to luck. Otherwise, I really can't explain some close calls my spouse had while others died right in front of him.

Finally, despite the attempts of the ending scene, I did not finish the film with "cheesy" warm fuzzies. If anything, I was left feeling pretty bereft, being reminded of our fragility and life's seeming futility at times.

I know you didn't like the film and I'm not saying that you should but I thought you should know that (despite flcl's low shot at you) those of us who liked the film aren't all simple-minded. Like you, I also LOVE Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now, although I wouldn't classify the latter as much of a war film and the book for the former is much more unsettling.
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