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Korean Drama : Dream High 드림하이

6 Mar

Dream high is the story of Kirin School of Arts students with their unique talents, singing, dancing, acting dan modeling and from various family background, try hard to become a superstar.
This Korean Drama also tells about friendship, dedication, love and the relationship between parents and children, teacher and students. This drama also has some funny scenes but still inline with the plot.
For those who like music, this drama is worth to be seen, the soundstracks are good to listen with nice beat and melody.

Moral of the story :
1. Stay humble if someday you are already to be a success one.
2. Hard working and never give up to reach you dreams.
3. Parents, please give your children your fully support and love them always, give your empathy to your children.
4. Always love and remember your friends and always maintain good relationship with them.
5. Forgiving and forget someone who makes a mistake, nobody is perfect.

Casts :
Song Sam-Dong (Kim Soo-Hyun) lives in the country side and dreams of becoming an owner of a stock farm. He falls in love with Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) at first sight and follows her to Kirin High School of Art. There he discovers his genius like musical talent.

Jin-Gook (TaecYeon) is a gifted dancer, but a troubled student at school. The director of Kirin High School of Art ((Bae Yong-Jun)) recommends to Jin-Gook to enroll at his school. There, Jin-Gook’s talents blossom and he now dreams of becoming a global star.

Exchange student Jason (Wooyoung) comes to Kirin High after receiving the top score for new applicants. He comes from abroad and shows outstanding skills as a dancer.

Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) is the most popular girl at Kirin High. She carries herself as a confident girl, but inside hides a sad past. She dreamed of becoming a world renown classical vocalist, but after the collapse of her family she had no choice but to enter Kirin High School of Art. She is loved by Song Sam-Dong and Jin-Gook.

Yoon Becky (Eun Jung) looks up to Ko Hye-Mi, who appears to have everything. They soon become rivals.

Eria (Yoon Young-Ah) is a popular teen star. She enters Kirin High School of Art and becomes the object of admiration by her peers. She looks forward to having a “regular” school life.

TV Show: Dream High
Revised romanization: Deurim Hai
Hangul: 드림하이
Director: Lee Eung-Bok
Writer: Park Hye-Ryun
Production Companies: KeyEast, JYPE, and CJ Media
Producer: Bae Yong Joon, Park Jin Young
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16
Release Date: January 3 – February 28, 2011
Runtime: Mon. & Tues. 21:55
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

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Movie review by Maria Margareta

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(Film) One Missed Call (Japan)

25 Feb


One Missed Call (着信アリ Chakushin ari) is a 2003 J-Horror movie directed by Takashi Miike. The trademark “ringtone of death” from this film had become rather popular, and was actually used as a ringtone and background music for unofficial haunted houses.
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Title : One Missed Call
Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced by Yoichi Arishige, Fumio Inoue, Naoki Sato
Written by Yasushi Akimoto, Minako Daira
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto
Editing by Yasushi Shimamura
Studio Kadokawa-Daiei
Distributed : Toho
Release date(s) : Japan Jan 17, 2003
Running time : 112 min.
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Cast
Kou Shibasaki as Yumi Nakamura
Shinichi Tsutsumi as Hiroshi Yamashita
Kazue Fukiishi as Natsumi Konishi
Anna Nagata as Yoko Okazaki
Atsushi Ida as Kenji Kawai
Kanna Ito as Rina
Mariko Tsutsui as Marie Mizunuma
Azusa as Ritsuko Yamashita
Karen Oshima as Mimiko Mizunuma
Renji Ishibashi as Detective

Plot
While in a bar with her friends, the teenager Yoko Okazaki receives a voice mail from the future telling the date and time when she would die. On the next day, Yumi overhears a group of students talking about the urban legend that people are mysteriously receiving phone calls with date and time of their death in the near future. In the precise informed hour, Yoko is attacked by a supernatural force in a train station while talking to her friend Yumi Nakamura. Yumi seeks out Kioto’s boyfriend Kenji Kawai, who also received a call, and witnesses his death in an elevator shaft. When her roommate Natsumi Konishi receives a call, Yoko befriends Hiroshi Yamashita, who tells her that his sister Ritsuko was the first victim of the phone call. While in the hospital, Yumi hears an asthma pump and recalls that she heard the same noise when Kenji died. They decide to investigate victims of asthma in the hospital and find the name of Marie Mizunuma and her daughters Mimiko and Nanako. They search the family together trying to save Natsumi from her fate.

Sequels and remakes
– One Missed Call 2 sequel was created with an enveloping curse, so that two curses on cellphones are played out.
– One Missed Call: Final is, according to the title, the end to the Chakushin Ari mythos.
– Warner Bros. remade the film into an American version titled One Missed Call.
– One Missed Call, also known as Chakushin Ari – the TV series, is a 2005 ten-episode Japanese television drama that followed the films. It was released in a five-box set in Japan without subtitles, and also in Malaysia, in an English-subtitled three-DVD set, under the title Ghost Ring.

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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)

22 Feb

The novel was first published in 1967 and was written by Akiyuki Nosaka who wrote it for his sister which died of malnutrition in 1945. The story revolves around two siblings near the end of World War 2 in Kobe, Japan. The father is away serving with the Imperial Navy and after loosing their mother during an air raid by US bombers they end up alone. The older brother struggles hard to get himself and his little sister through the miserable times of the final phase of World War 2 in Japan. The story is very sad and heartbreaking, no glorification of war to be seen, no blatant “good” country vs “bad” country, just the struggle of ordinary people and how many of them are corrupted by the incredibly hardships they have to face. The live action feature film directed by Taro Hyugaji was released in 2008 and the animated movie by Isao Takahata was released in 1988. Animation work for the Anime was done by cult animation company “Studio Ghibli”.

Live Action Grave of The Fireflies

Production
NTV in Japan produced a live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The movie aired on November 1, 2005. The movie is approximately 2 hours and 28 minutes long. A different live action version of the film was released in Japan on July 5, 2008.

Cast
Seita (Ishida Yohsi)
Setsuko / Seita’s sister (Sasaki Mao)
Seita’s aunt (Nanako Matsushima)
Seita’s cousin (Inoue Mao)

Plot
Like the anime, the live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies focuses on two siblings struggling to survive the final days of the war in Kobe, Japan. Unlike the animated version, it tells the story from the point of view their cousin (the aunt’s daughter) . The story, based on a semi-autobiographical novel written by Akiyuki Nosaka, is about a teenage boy named Seita (Ishida Yohsi) and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko (Sasaki Mao). They get separated from their mother (Seiko Matsuda) during an air raid and later find out that she’s been mortally wounded. With their father off fighting in the war as a naval officer Seita and Setsuko are taken in by a distant aunt (Nanako Matsushima) and her family. She’s kind at first, but when rationing causes food to become scarce her attitude toward them grows cold. Unable to bear her anymore, the two kids go out on their own and fend for themselves while living in a nearby cave. Setsuko gets increasingly ill due to malnutrition and Seita is forced to steal food from a farm and rob empty houses during air raids.

Releases
Its initial theatrical release in Japan was accompanied by Hayao Miyazaki’s much more lighthearted My Neighbor Totoro as a double feature. In commercial terms, the theatrical release was a failure.[citation needed] While the two movies were marketed toward children and their parents, the extremely depressing nature of Grave of the Fireflies turned away most audiences. However, Totoro merchandise, particularly the stuffed animal of Totoro and Cat bus, sold extremely well after the film and made overall profits for the company to the extent that it stabilized subsequent productions of Studio Ghibli.

Grave of the Fireflies is the only Studio Ghibli film that the Walt Disney Company does not have distribution rights for in the United States, since the film was not produced by parent company Tokuma Shoten, but by Shinchosha, the publisher of the original novel. Grave of the Fireflies was released in the U.S. by Central Park Media in a two-disc set. The first disc contains the uncut film in both an English dub and the original Japanese with English subtitles as well as the film’s storyboards. The second disc contains several extras, including a retrospective on the author of the original book, an interview with Director Isao Takahata, and an interview with well-known critic Roger Ebert, who has expressed his admiration for the film on several occasions.

Following the 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation of Central Park Media, A.D.V. Films acquired the license to Grave of the Fireflies and began releasing it on DVD on July 7, 2009.[5] As of September 1, 2009, the movie is now licensed by ADV’s successor, AEsir Holdings; with distribution from Section23 Films.

English dub cast
Rhoda Chrosite – Setsuko (likely a pseudonym, see Rhodochrosite)
Amy Jones – Aunt
J. Robert Spencer – Seita
Veronica Taylor – Mother
Additional Voices by Shannon Conley, Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, George Leaver, Nick Sullivan

Source : en.wikipedia.org
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(Film) Death Bell 2

14 Feb

Death Bell 2

Death Bell 2 : Bloody Camp is a Korea horror film. This film is sequel of Death Bell in 2008. Eventough Death Bell 2 is sequel of Death Bell, but the story is unrelated with the previous film. Filming begin April 2010 and released at July 28, 2010.
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Movie: Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
Revised romanization: Gosa Du Beonjjae Yiyagi: Gyosaengsilseop
Hangul: 고사 두 번째 이야기: 교생실습
Director: Yu Seun-Dong
Writer:Park Hye-min, Lee Jeong-hwa, Lee Gong-ju
Producer:Kim Gwang-su
World Premiere: July 23, 2010 (Puchon International Film Festival)
Release Date: July 28, 2010
Runtime: 90 min.
Production Company: iHQ, Toilet Pictures, Core Content Media
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot
In South Korea, the high school student and swimmer Jeong Tae-yeon (Yoon Seung-ah) is found dead in the pool, which is found as a suicide. Two years later, teacher Park Eun-su (Hwang Jung Eum) joins the high school where Tae-yeon’s stepsister Lee Se-hui (Park Ji-yeon) is haunted by nightmarish visions and is bullied by the student Eom Ji-yun (Choi Ah-jin). Eun-su finds it difficult to get respect in the classroom and is backed up by an older teacher, Cha (Kim Su-ro). Se-hui and her classmates are selected for an elite “study camp” held at the school during the summer break where 30 students study for their university entrance exams. The school’s swimming trainer is murdered in the showers, and the words “When an innocent mother is killed, what son would not avenge her death?” found scrawled on a blackboard. A voice warns the students that they’ll all be killed unless they can answer who is the murderer and why. The students and teachers find they’re locked in the school when more deaths begin to happen.

Source : en.wikipedia.com

(Film) Death Bell

13 Feb

Death Bell

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Hangul 고死: 피의 중간고사
RR Gosa: Piui Junggangosa
Directed by :Chang
Produced by :
Hong Jung-pyo
Im Seong-been
Written by :
Chang
Kim Eun-kyeong
Starring :
Lee Beom-soo
Yoon Jeong-hee
Nam Gyu-ri
Kim Sang Bum
Han Na-yeon

Music by Kim Jun-seong
Cinematography Heo Seong-ryong
Editing by Yu Yeong-ju
Distributed by Mirovision
Release date(s) 6 August 2008
Running time 88 min.
Country South Korea
Language Hangul/Korean
Budget ₩1.3 billion
Admissions 1,636,149
Gross revenue $9,274,859
Followed by Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp

Plot
The film is set in a high school, where an elite group of twenty students—including rebellious heroine Kang Yi-na, her timid best friend Yoon Myong-hyo, and her would-be boyfriend Kang Hyeon—are taking a special class for their college entrance exam. After Kang Yi-na is nearly strangled and another student throttled in the restroom, the classroom TV screen switches to an image of top-ranking student Hye-yeong trapped inside a fish tank that is slowly filling with water. A disembodied voice announces that her life depends on the exam questions he will set for them, and that a student will die for every question the class gets wrong. Trapped with the students are head teacher Hwang Chan-wook and English teacher Choi So-yeong. Yi-na realizes that the students are being killed in order of their rank in the class, and she is ranked fifth. Someone is slowly killing the students one by one, but who are they? And what do they want?

Source : en.wikipedia.org

(Film) Try to Remember

12 Feb

Try to Remember

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Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/25
Genre : Romance
Duration : 100min
Director : Lim Jin-pyeong
Cast : Yoon Soy, Park Jae-jeong, Ma Dong-seok, Jeong Man-sik, Park Won-sang, Ki Se-hyeong

Brief Synopsis
Formerly known as “Forever with You”, Geu-dae-wa Yeong-won-hi). A man and a woman, despite hardly met before, they have been suffering the same dream and the same deja vu. A magnetic force leads them to Andong, the historic elegant city, and they find the anonymous woman’s 450 year-old letter in a museum. A fantastic melodrama about love transcending time and space. This is a fantasy romance between Eun-gyo, who strangely felt a déjà vu in Andong, and In-woo, who felt an unknown sadness after he read a letter of a woman in 450 years-old grave.

Source http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr

(Film) Voice of a Murderer

11 Feb

Voice of a Murderer

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Movie: Voice of a Murderer
Hangul: 그놈 목소리
Revised romanization: Geu nom moksori
Director: Park Jin-Pyo
Writer: Park Jin-Pyo
Producer: Kim Joo-Sung
Cinematographer: Wu-hyeong Kim
Release Date: February 01, 2007 (South Korea)
Runtime: 122 min.
Production Budget: US$ 4.5M
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot

One day, the only son of famous news anchor, HAN Kyung-bae, disappeared without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the nine-year-old boy’s mother, OH Jisun, demanding $100,000 as ransom. The police assign veteran detective KIM Wook-jung to the case and assemble a top-notch task force under his command. However, the kidnapper constantly outwits the police traps and keeps calling the parents with yet another instruction for the money drop. The only clue the police and the parents have is the kidnapper’s voice recorded on the tape; his cultured, but emotionless voice, which often gives anyone who listens goose bumps. The parents become restless and angry as days turns into weeks, and one day, when the kidnapper calls HAN Kyung-bae with another set of instructions, he turns the situation completely around and demands a direct confrontation. He starts giving instructions to the kidnapper, and…

Notes
Based on the true story of the infamous Apkujeong kidnapping and murder of 9 year old Hyung-ho Lee, which began on January 29th, 1991. 44 days later, the body of the boy was discovered in the sewers of the Han River. In the process the perpetrator called the parents numerous times. The murder was never solved and is now closed, due to the case passing the statue of limitations in Korea (15 years).

Source : asianmediawiki.com

( Film ) old boy

10 Feb

oldboy is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, Dae Su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive sushi chef.

The film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festval and high praise from the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. Critically, the movie has been well received in the United States, with an 80% “Certified Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert has claimed Oldboy to be a “…powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare”. In 2008, voters on CNN named it one of the ten best Asian films ever made.

Plot

Korean businessman Oh Dae-su is bailed out from a local police station by his close friend Joo-Hwan after a drunken fight, on the night of Dae-su’s daughter’s birthday. Dae-su calls her on a public phone, but as Joo-Hwan takes the phone, Dae-su disappears. Kidnapped and confined to a shabby room with no explanation, Dae-su is not allowed any contact and is fed only fried dumplings through a narrow slot. Experiencing hallucinations, his attempts at suicide are prevented by being gassed into unconsciousness. Thus he keeps himself fit and occupied with shadowboxing; hardening his knuckles by punching the wall. While watching television, he discovers that his wife has been murdered, his daughter sent to foster parents and that he himself is the prime suspect.

Dae-su is suddenly set free on the rooftop of a building 15 years after his imprisonment began, with a new suit. Dae-su is given a cellphone by a stranger and goes to a local restaurant, where he meets young chef Mi-do (Kang Hye-jeong), who brings him to her home. Dae-su realises he is being tracked through phone calls from his unidentified captor and instant messaging on Mi-do’s computer. Dae-su locates the restaurant that provided the fried dumplings during his imprisonment, and subsequently the building he was held captive in, torturing the warden for information. He finds tape recordings of his captor that reveal little. He then fights his way out past numerous goons, suffering a knife wound to his back. Collapsing on the street, a stranger places him in a taxi, only to direct him to Mi-do’s address and identify Dae-su by name.

The man, named Woo-jin (Yu Ji-tae), reveals himself as Dae-su’s kidnapper and tells him that Dae-su must discover his motives. Mi-do will die if he fails, but if he succeeds, Woo-jin will kill himself. Later, Dae-su and Mi-do grow emotionally closer together and have sex. Dae-su discovers he and Woo-jin briefly attended the same high school and remembers spying on Woo-jin’s incestuous relationship with his sister, Soo-ah (Yun Jin-seo). Dae-su, unaware of their familial relationship, inadvertently spread the rumor before transferring to another school in Seoul. Soo-ah’s mental turmoil grew, causing physical signs of pregnancy and her eventual suicide. During the investigation, Woo-jin kills Joo-Hwan for insulting Soo-ah, enraging Dae-su further.

Dae-su confronts Woo-jin at his penthouse with the information but instead Woo-jin gives Dae-su a photo album. As Dae-su flips through the album, he witnesses his daughter grow older in the pictures, until discovering that Mi-do is actually his daughter. Woo-jin reveals that the events surrounding Dae-su were orchestrated to cause Dae-su and Mi-do to commit incest. It is also revealed that hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion were involved with Dae-su’s imprisonment, and had been performed on Mi-do as well. A horrified Dae-su begs Woo-jin to conceal the secret from Mi-do, groveling for forgiveness before slicing out his own tongue and offering it to Woo-jin as a symbol of his silence. Woo-jin agrees to spare Mi-do from the knowledge and leaves Dae-su in his penthouse. As he rides alone in the elevator, he is struck by the vivid memory of his sister’s death, in which he was complicit, and shoots himself in the head.

Dae-su sits in a winter landscape, where he makes a deal with the same hypnotist who conditioned him during his imprisonment, asking for her help to allow him to forget the secret. She reads his pleas from a handwritten letter and, touched by his words, begins the hypnosis process, lulling him into unconsciousness. Hours later, Dae-su wakes up, the hypnotist gone, and stumbles about before finally meeting with Mi-do. They embrace, and Mi-do tells Dae-su that she loves him, though whether Dae-su knows the secret is uncertain.

Cast

  • Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su: The film’s protagonist, who has been imprisoned for somewhere around 15 years. Choi Min-sik lost and gained weight for his role depending on the filming schedule, trained for six weeks and did most of his stunt work.
  • Yu Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin: The man behind Oh Dae-su’s imprisonment. Park Chan-wook’s ideal choice for Woo-jin had been actor Han Suk-kyu, who previously played a rival to Choi Min-sik in Shiri and No. 3. Choi then suggested Yu Ji-tae for the role, despite Park’s reservation about his youthful age.
  • Kang Hye-jeong as Mi-do: Dae-su’s love interest.
  • Ji Dae-han as No Joo-hwan: Dae-su’s friend and the owner of a cybercafe.
  • Kim Byeong-ok as Mr. Han: Bodyguard of Woo-jin.
  • Oh Tae-kyung as Young Dae-su.
  • Ahn Yeon-suk as Young Woo-jin.
  • Oo Il-han as Young Joo-hwan.
  • Yun Jin-seo as Lee Soo-ah: Woo-jin’s sister.
  • Oh Dal-su as Park Cheol-woong: The private prison’s manager

source:-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldboy

(Film ) Marathon

8 Feb

Directed by Jeong Yoon-chul
Produced by Cineline
Written by Jeong Yoon-chul
Starring Jo Seung-woo
Kim Mi-suk
Lee Gi-yeong
Distributed by ShowBox
Release date(s) 2005
Running time 117 min.
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Marathon (2005) is a South Korean movie based on the true story of Bae Hyeong-jin, a runner who happens to have autism.

Plot

The movie follows the story of a young man with autism, named Cho-Won, who finds release only in running. As a child, Cho-Won regularly threw tantrums, bit himself, and refused to communicate with others — finding solace only in zebras and the Korean snack, Chocopie. His mother never gave up on him and was determined to prove to the world that her child can be normal. As Cho-Won gets older, he begins to find a passion for running and his mother is there to encourage and support him. Even though both Mother and Cho-Won suffer from family and financial issues, they find a former marathon champion — now a lethargic old man with alcohol problems.

The old man, who is serving community service hours as a physical education teacher for a DUI, grudgingly accepts the offer to train Cho-Won in marathon running, but eventually becomes lazy with him. The teacher often takes Cho-Won’s snack, and takes Cho-Won to a Steam House to relax. Even though the old marathoner slacks off most of the time, Cho-Won’s determination for running is firm (he accidentally runs 100 laps around a soccer field when the teacher told him to without literally meaning it).

He takes third place in a 10km running race, which causes his mother to set another goal for her son: to run a full marathon under three hours. This is not an easy task, however, as Cho-Won wants to win but doesn’t know how to pace himself. Therefore, his mother finds a former marathon runner, who must perform 200 hours of community service for a DUI, as Cho-Won’s coach. The movie shows the emotional struggles of a Mother who is not sure if she is forcing her son to run or if it truly is his passion. The movie further explores and shows the deep love and genuine purity through Cho-Won.

Cast

  • Jo Seung-woo – Cho-won
  • Kim Mi-suk – Cho-won’s mother (Kyeong-sook)
  • Lee Gi-yeong – Jung-wook
  • Baek Seong-hyeon – Yun Jung-won
  • Ahn Nae-sang – Cho-won’s father

source:-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon_(2005_film)

(Film) TaeGukGi (The Brotherhood of War)

5 Feb

TaeGukGi

(The Brotherhood of War)

TaeGukGi is the highest grossing movie in Korea.  Ever.  Bigger than all those cheesy Asian martial arts movies, and bigger than Titanic.  That has to say something.  It is a brutal account of the Korean War as seen through the eyes of two brothers, and their relationship and reactions to the violence as the war progresses.  What most Americans fail to recognize is that like Vietnam, the Korean War started before America entered, and continued after America left.  While American film continues to focus on the Civil War and its themes of brother against brother, TaeGukGi gives a more modern, Saving Private Ryan-like look at similar themes through the eyes of a different culture, so people can still relate to it.

Jin-Tae (Jang Dong-Kun, Coast Guard, 2099 Lost Memories) and his younger brother Jin-Seok (Won Bin, Guns & Talks) live in idyllic life in rural Korea.  Jin-Tae shines shoes to help earn money so that Jin-Seok can afford to go to school, where his grades are promising.  Jin-Tae doesn’t mind, since he is going to marry Young-shin (Lee Eun-Ju, Garden of Heaven, White Room).  When the war breaks out, the army drafts Jin-Seok.  Jin-Tae tries to stop them, and ends up drafted also.  His new goal is to earn a medal so that he can request his brother be sent home.  Life on the field is horrific, and writer/director Kang Je-Gyu (Shiri, Rules of the Game) does not shy away from showing severed limbs, bloody bodies, and violent explosions.

As war continues, the two brothers begin a profound change.  Jin-Seok sees what is happening around him and it sickens him.  He doesn’t believe that there is any point to all this death, violence, and destruction.  Jin-Tae goes down the opposite path.  He exults in the praise heaped upon him as he volunteers for increasingly dangerous missions in his quest for a medal.  His desire to keep his brother safe becomes an excuse to kill.  Every time Jin-Tae goes into battle, a blood lust takes over, and he is an unstoppable killing machine.  He soon cares little for anything, he just wants to kill.  When he engages the North, he sees enemies, not people.  Seeing the change in his brother disgusts Jin-Seok, driving a wedge between the once close friends.

This is a very long film.  And like most other Asian films it is pretty melodramatic.  When the violence stops, the acting is a little to hammy for most American audiences, and the successive turns of the plot, especially the final act of the film grow a little incredulous.  Yet, this and the fact that the legacy of the Korean War lives on, is probably what made it so popular in Korea.  Kang wants to show how dramatically war changes two people, but the lengths he is willing to go borders on the ridiculous.  Moreover, when those two people are brothers, the loss of emotional closeness becomes devastating.  TaeGukGi really slows down when this happens, and also takes about forty-five minutes to get into its groove.  These annoying moments contrast very sharply with Kang’s battlefield confrontations between Jin-Seok and Jin-Tae, which are powerful in their intensity.

Mongoose Rates It: Not Bad. 2 hours, 20 minutes, Korean with English subtitles, Rated R for strong graphic sequences of war violence.

Source : haro-online.com