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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War(태극기 휘날리며)

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Korea · 2004
Rated R · 2h 28m
Director Kang Je-kyu
Starring Jang Dong-gun, Won Bin, Lee Eun-ju, Gong Hyung-jin
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

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TV Guide Magazine by

It's easy to view the story of these brothers as a larger metaphor for the relationship between the two Koreas, which gives the film an added resonance that your typical Hollywood war movie wouldn't possess.


The New York Times by 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.


L.A. Weekly by David Chute

While it comes on like a flag-waver, it actually delivers something more nuanced. Its underlying skepticism about the Korean War seems to have jibed with the current national mood: The picture was, deservedly, a huge hit.


Variety by Derek Elley

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


Village Voice by Ed Park

In the rare moments when a rifle, grenade, howitzer, bayonet, dagger, fist, land mine, or flamethrower isn't being deployed, the film pushes its melodramatic plotline with soap operatic shamelessness.

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