Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

The Korean War obviously played a huge part in making Korea what it is today–a country divided. Initially the country was divided after it was liberated from Japanese occupation in World War II. Then in June 1950, North Korea made a push into South Korea, thus igniting the conflict that is still technically not over (a truce was declared but a peace treaty has never been signed).

The movie Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War chronicles the lives of one family, specifically two brothers, during the Korean War. Lee Jin-tae and Lee Jin-seok are brothers who end up fighting on opposite sides of the war. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but years later one brother is still searching for the other.

Yes, it’s a war movie and it contains all that goes with that. It’s similar to Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. And just as those movies portray such an important part of American history, Tae Guk Ki depicts a time so integral in Korea’s history that I say it’s a must see.


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