Sunday, January 30, 2005

Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

Posted by Hello

An epic film about the Korean War, reviewed by Darrel Manson:

The opening scene of Taegukgi shows an archeological dig of a Korean battlefield. The workers unearth corroded weapons, remnants of books, bits of personal property, and piles of bones and skulls. There is very little to identify whether the remains are of South Koreans, North Koreans or Chinese. All are placed in coffins and covered with a South Korean flag (which is called Taegukgi.) In the aftermath of war, there really is no difference between the combatants -- all their differences ended at their deaths.

Taegukgi follows two South Korean brothers conscripted to fight after the North Koreans invaded the South in 1950. Actually, the younger, Jin-Seon, was drafted. His older brother, Jin-Tae, is forced to fight after he tries to take his brother off the train that is taking the draftees away.

The complete review, together with a gripping trailer, is at

Asian Cinema also reviews the film.

Tae Guk Gi - the official Sony Pictures site. Graphics intensive. (Requires Flash player7).

Taegukgi will be released on DVD on February 15. has it available on pre-order for $21.72.

No comments: