• Released
  • September 3, 2004
  • R , 2 hr 20 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
An intense, powerful film.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
The most costly and the most popular film in South Korean history is also one of the most gripping and epic war films ever made, and certainly the only one I can think of the portrays the Korean war from the viewpoint of both sides of the conflict.
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Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Belongs to that brand of sweeping, conflict-era drama epitomized by "Saving Private Ryan," "Gone with the Wind" and TV miniseries "North and South."
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
An anti-war spectacle that uses the story of brothers divided by the 1950 civil war as a metaphor for the wounds of the split.
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Entertainment Weekly

Always entertains, just like ''Pearl Harbor'' and the rest of the best of Hollywood's dumb war movies.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
The film is never as powerful or convincing as it should be.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Shamelessly contrived and manipulative, Tae Guk Gi packs a visceral wallop.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's hard to remain unmoved by Kang's deeply heartfelt homage to his nation's past.
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TV Guide

It's easy to view the story of these brothers as a larger metaphor for the relationship between the two Koreas, which gives the film an added resonance that your typical Hollywood war movie wouldn't possess.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Almost entirely devoted to combat violence and sentimental interludes.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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