Written June 19, 2012
"My Way" is Kang Je-gyg's epic of WWII from the Korean/ Japanese perspective; at times melodramatic, testing one's believability in the quasi nonfictional story of two young men, privileged and poor, wizards at running, competing for the "gold" in marathon matches: "Joon-sik" ( Jang Dong-gun) a Korean boy whose family is indentured to "Tatsuo's' (Joe Odagiri) Japanese, entitled clan. They meet in 1928 and we share the next twenty years in their hostile, tempestuous, torturous, eventually glorious relationship...Reminded of a quote by Bob Riley, "hard times don't create heroes, it is during the hard times when the hero is created"; it was deliciously entertaining watching two boys become men; multiple vicissitudes erased their disparate lineage resulting in two individuals ultimately living "their way"..
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!
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Written October 06, 2012
Age 14 and up. One of the very few movies available to Americans about WW2 as seen from the Asian side. At the same time, considering their movie industry is still young, a durn good movie. Yes sure, we recognize some of the battle scenes as computer generated graphics, yes it is a little longer than Americans like their movies and yes it challenges some American perspectives on the war as taught to American school children in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. All that being said it is a pretty good flick with some very good actors and actresses. The woman playing the female sniper was a very good choice for the role. The story is epic. Think of a cross between Dr. Zhivago and Saving Private Ryan, but without the romance. What the two guys went through, oh my. It is also a movie about personal growth and changing perspective in time of war. Durn good flick, put it on your must see list.