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Brotherhood

  • 2004
  • Kang Je-gyu
  • 142 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jin-taeJang Dong-gun
Jin-seokWon Bin
Young-shinLee Eun-joo
Young-manGong Hyung-jin
MotherLee Young-ran

Crew

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DirectorKang Je-gyu

Details

Theatrical distributor
Premier Asia/Contender Entertainment
Released on
2005-06-03
Languages
Korean
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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