Brotherhood 2004

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In June 1950 the Korean War began and tore a nation apart, leaving it divided to this day. Told through the eyes of two brothers who have had their family torn apart by the War, this movie is an epic and heart-wrenching story about the triumph of the human spirit amid suffering and sacrifice.

Starring:
Dong-Kun Jang, Bin Won
Runtime:
2 hours 22 minutes

Brotherhood

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, International
Director Je-gyu Kang
Starring Dong-Kun Jang, Bin Won
Supporting actors Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
I refer to Saving Private Ryan in the title due to certain similarities with Speilberg's epic. In terms of spectacle, graphic battle footage and length, the movies are similar. Also, the movie begins and ends with a visit to a war grave by an elderly man, a la 'Ryan'. It occured to me while watching the movie that the director may have been attempting to emulate 'Ryan', whilst not exactly copying it, due to these similarities. However, in my view, he actually made a better movie.
The movie tells the story of two brothers conscripted to fight in the Korean War, and the affect the conflict has on them and their family. One brother's desire to protect the other spirals out of control, with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, their family also suffers, due to the deprivations and ideology resulting from the war. The tragedy of their story is played out to the background of the widespread devastation caused by the war. I work in Korea and belive me there are very few pre 1950 structures here, the devastation was enormous.
As the story develops it encompasses the movement of the war, from the initial invasion by the North Koreans, to the encirclement of Busan, the breakout and push towards the Chinese border, then back down to the current site of the border, much the same border that existed at the beginning of the war. This makes the whole conflict particularly futile and this is amply illustrated within the context of the movie.
A feeling of pointlessness pervades the movie, not only during the battle scenes, but also in several scenes of random, brutal acts of violence away from the battlefield.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 29 July 2008
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Korea 1950.Two brothers are press ganged into the army after the North invade the South.The elder is determined to protect the younger but he becomes a fierce fighter and with history and honours beckoning the man becomes beast.
Framed a la Saving... by a contemporary beginning and end,Brotherhood is a broad,heartfelt and ferocious piece.Outdoing Ryan with epic combat sequences that are utter carnage the director Kang Je-Gyu(who also scripted) captures the confusion and the insanity of war with startling clarity.
Overwhelming at times and not without flaws - a contrivance too many and a final battle that is a little too like greek tragedy,Brotherhood works through it's sheer visceral nature(one scene where a crazed soldier starts shooting his own is hard to watch) and a heartfelt depiction of sibling love(both brothers are first rate).
Critcism from other quarters seems harsh to me(enjoying"world cinema" isn't just an exercise in being condescending and intellectually detatched,we all like a bit of the wonderful Alain Resnais and Jean Cocteau but not Scorcese's overblown and ponderous remake of the superb Infernal Affairs)and being manipulated emotionally for something as stirring as this seems a fair trade off to me.Anyway everyone knows that a good war movie is the male tearjerker(apologies to all ladies who enjoy war movies)
Highly recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Rossiter on 11 April 2008
Format: DVD
I am not the biggest fan of war films, but enjoyed Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket, but this one is the best. Forget it has subtitles because it doesn't matter as there isn't an awful lot of dialogue and it's very easy to follow.
It is the moat graphic war film I have ever seen, making Ryan look insipid. It was the most expensive film ever made in Korea, and watching it you will see why. Fantastic photography, beautifully acted with a simple story. It is also very emotional, and I dare you not to cry when watching it.
It also won many awards in its home country
I think I must rate this as one of my favourite ever, and I think anyone who watches it could easily feel as I do about it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nikko on 29 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is a great reminder to those of us sitting snug at home to remember how lifes can change with a war and how war can change people. A gut wrenching climax, amazing action and effects, its platoon and saving private ryan without the hollywood slant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dazman on 3 July 2009
Format: DVD
This is the very first Korean film I've ever seen and if this is anything to go by then I'll be looking for more.

I not only thought that this was a great film, but I can honestly say that I too think that it's the best I've ever seen and yes I've got films like Patton, Hamburger Hill, Saving Private Ryan etc etc.

I can not believe that a film based on a true story can have someone turn around and say that it's cliched or that they've seen it all before, if that's what happened then how else are you supposed to depict it?, make it up?, some people are so stupid it's unbelievable!!!

Right that's that out of my system back to the film, it's called brotherhood as the film follows 2 Korean brothers who due to their ages are forced to join the Korean army fighting for what is now South Korea.

The film is set over 3 periods of time, just before war broke out, present day and wartime itself.

I was very impressed with the acting of the 2 male leads, the cinematography and the various ways that you see the soldiers get killed/maimed, it's all very realistic and has a great and very human was of telling the story of the bothers.

This is a very real war film in every sense showing you the quiet times, conflict between the sides both verbally and physically, it depicts the struggle of friends and family who find themselves through no fault of their own literally fighting against one another.

I could not recommend this enough I knew I'd like the film after watching a trailer, but I next thought that it would be as good as this, I'm very pleased to say money very well spent!!!
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