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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Well, it’s a Korean film that’s being release in the US on September 10th, ya big goof. And here’s a review of it!

What's up kids? Always on the site first review I thought worthy to send in.

Tonight I had the extreme privilege of screening Kay Je-gyu’s TAE GUK GI (The Brotherhood of War) starring Jang-Dong-gun (NOWHERE TO HIDE) as Jin-tae Lee and Won Bin (GUNS AND TALKS) as the younger brother Jin-seok Lee. I say privilege because this film is utterly amazing. Here’s the skinny:

Kang Je-gyu’s sweeping wartime epic tells the story of two brothers forced to join troops at the onset of the Korean War in the 1950. The older, stronger, Jin Tae, and the pride of the family, Jin Seok, begin a long journey through the battlefields over ideologies in search of a way home. Realizing the family’s survival lies in Jin Seok’s education. Jin Tae sets upon his passionate crusade to win favor with his superiors, by fighting bravely and recklessly in order to request his brother’s return home. However, Jin Tae’s ascension into power divides the tow brothers between hope and glory, and a loss of their common love and their former life at home.

That’s the long and short of it. This film is not for the faint at heart with battle scenes that will rattle you to the core and rival if not surpass that of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. It is no wonder why it is the #1 Box office hit of all time in South Korea and that 1 out of 3 Koreans have seen this film.

This is also a picture with heart. When you watch the two brothers interact with one another and watch their relationship changes over the course of their time in the Korean War you gotta be a tough son of a bitch to not get a little choked up.

The cast is excellent with amazing performances even by their supporting cast with Lee EunJoo (RAINBOW TROUT) as Jin Tae’s fiancé, Young-Shin.

I highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in war flicks, history, and family. With the wave of South Korean cinema coming to the States this is good to start the ride with.

-Cracker Thompson

P.S. I’m not a plant, fuckers!

Thanks, Cracker. I’ll certainly be checking this one out when it opens in LA.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Aug. 30, 2004, 2:08 p.m. CST

    this guy is a plant

    by RevSam

    no one writes that good of a review unless they are leafy and GREEN

  • Aug. 30, 2004, 2:49 p.m. CST

    "Brotherhood" or "Brotherhood of the War" ?

    by CurryIce

    I'm looking for this for a long time. Is "Brotherhood of the War" the US title? When you check the internet and the Asian DVD sellers it's titled just as "Brotherhood" for example the Japanese version. ...still no Korean release of that film?!

  • Aug. 30, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I always wondered why there were never any Korean War movies so

    by andrew coleman

  • Aug. 30, 2004, 7:28 p.m. CST

    quicktime trailer

    by quentintarantado

    quicktime trailer link:

  • Aug. 30, 2004, 9:12 p.m. CST

    More Korean War flicks

    by jbreen

    Can't wait to see this one - my copy from a U.S. site had subtitles for 'X Men 2', so I had to send it back. I kid you not. I also have a copy of 'Silmido', which was a blast - another 'based on a true story' North Korea vs South Korea flick, as was 'Joint Security Area' - highly recommend both of these.

  • Aug. 31, 2004, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by james175

    I saw the title and thought this might some scoop on the books by WEB Griffin being made into movies.