- Kang Je-gyu
- 142 mins
A phenomenal success in its native South Korea, Brotherhood reworks Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan for the Korean War. When brothers Jin-tae (Jang Dong-gun) and Jin-seok (Won Bin) are drafted into the army to fight the Communist invaders, Jin-tae transforms himself into a one-man killing machine after learning that winning the medal of honour will spare his brother from frontline duty. As with Spielberg's blood-soaked attempt to capture the horror of the battlefield, Brotherhood throws gore and severed limbs around the screen with terrifying abandon. The occasional moments of silence between the thudding bursts of artillery fire and scenes of senseless slaughter also offer plenty of scope for maudlin melodrama. But what's really remarkable is the way in which populist writer/director Kang Je-gyu (Shiri) avoids the usual anti-North propaganda and takes a long, cold look at both the North and the South's far from glorious war records.
How to watch
- Theatrical distributor
- Premier Asia/Contender Entertainment
- Released on
- Contains violence and swearing.
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