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Brotherhood of war (Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo) - Dong-Kun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee, Je-gyu Kang

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

15,000 bullets, 3000 extras, 500 stunt experts.

When a group of Korean archaeologists find a skeleton and identify it, they call Lee Jin-Seok (Bin Won), who is now an old man, to tell him that they have found his brother's body, who died in the Korean War. We travel from the present to 1950, when the Korean War started. Jin-Seok and Jin-tae (Dong-Kun Jang), Jin-Seok's brother, are young men who suddenly find themselves catapulted into a bloody world so different from their quiet, rural lives. As the war progresses, the war begins to poison Jin-Tae's mind. Jin-Seok is lost when he finds that he no longer knows who his brother is.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Korean war Korea soldier draft brothers

Persons of interest

  • Dong-Kun Jang .... Jin-Tae Lee
  • Bin Won .... Jin-Seok Lee
  • Eun-ju Lee .... Young-shin
  • Hyeong-jin Kong
  • Yeong-ran Lee
  • Yun-hie Jo
  • Doo-hong Jung
  • Bo-kyeong Kim
  • Je-gyu Kang .... Screenwriter
  • Je-gyu Kang .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Brotherhood of war (Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo) official movie sites:
  • Brotherhood of war (Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo) film production notes
  • Brotherhood of war (Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Grand Bell Awards, South Korea 2004: Won: Grand Bell Award: Best Art Direction (Bo-kyeong Shin), Best Cinematography (Kyung-Pyo Hong), Best Sound Effects (Taekyu Lee, Suk-won Kim)
  • FYI: Taegukgi is the name for the Korean flag
  • NB: Korean language dialogue with English language subtitles
  • See also Band of brothers, Saving Private Ryan
  • Studios and distributors:

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Theatrical report

Brotherhood of war is a full-on view of life as cannon-fodder. Like Band of brothers, Brotherhood of war shows what it is like to go through hell with the men you love, but focuses only on two men (boys), who are actually brothers by blood. Like Saving Private Ryan, Brotherhood of war is full of grit and dirt and blood and smoke and fire and noise and death but it falls not the the dreaded Hollywood Ending™. This is, after all, a Korean film about the Korean War, not an American film about Americans saving Europe in a European war.

What Brotherhood of war lacks in subtitling it makes up for in shooting, hitting, killing, loving and the discovery of self under fire; it's to infantry as Das boot is to submariners. Have a nice war.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Korean
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries:
      • 6.25 and us - documentary on the Korean war
      • A preparation for war - the training and preparation for the film
      • Making of "Brotherhood of war"
      • Portraying war - the difficulties of portraying the Korean War on film
      • Special effects and cinematography
      • The creation of "Brotherhood of war" - Director Je-gyu Kang talks about the creation of the film and features interviews with other crew
    • Featurettes:
      • Storyboard comparison
    • Galleries:
      • Posters
      • Stills
    • Trailers:
      • Highlights - features some behind-the-scenes footage
      • Teaser
      • Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English, English captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence)

Surveillance time

154 minutes (2:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2005
DVD rental: 28 September 2005
DVD retail: 25 January 2006

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