Tae Guk Gi:
The Brotherhood of War
Korean Cinema DVD Review
A stunning movie by every measure, you will be shell-shocked just watching it. Absolutely the most powerful and moving film you will ever see. A tear-jerker, and a gripping & extraordinary film that shows the true, absolute horror of war from an unflinching perspective, as two brothers are thrust into the conflagration of the Korean War. Epic production value and outstanding performances make this monumental movie a must-have!
We saw it in the theater and there was not a dry eye in the place! Must be seen to be believed! If politicians could see this movie, they would never make war again. Be warned! The horrific battle sequences are more brutal than you expect - this movie makes Saving Private Ryan look like a walk in the park.
Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, September 2005
Anime DVD Review
Based on a successful Korean comic (manhwa) by Youngman Hur, this film seeks to emulate the successful string of Miyazaki blockbusters and, in some ways achieves that goal. When Mangchi, an-overly muscular young boy armed with a hammer and some rope, saves the life of a princess-on-the-run from an evil rival, he must help her escape from her enemies and return to her homeland.
Director Tae kun An lifts elements from Laputa, Porco Rosso, and Kiki's Delivery Service, along with big-budget animation and lots of action as well as humor. Although rated 13 and older, this film is okay for all ages.
Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2005