Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Synopsis: In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Je-kyu Kang
Production: IDP
  12 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min

JANG Dong-gun


LEE Eun-joo

Memorial Site for souls

of the Korean War

We're contacting the families

of those we've identified

We'll call you soon

Who received the file for

LEE Jin-seok, number B-38?

LEE Jin-seok?

I did, Why?

I checked the list of

remains and the photos

He's not on K.I.A.

or M.I.A. list

Not even on

the survivors' list?

LEE Jin-seok...

Identity search for participating soldier

the list of participants...

Still alive?


The Army Headquarters

is on the phone!


I'm with the Korean War

excavation team

I'm calling to

confirm some information

Are you LEE Jin-seok

who fought at the battle of Dumillyong?

That's right

We've identified some remains

as LEE Jin-seok's

Oh... you did?

But I am LEE Jin-seok

Is there any chance...

it is LEE Jin-tae?

No, it's definitely

LEE Jin-seok

I'm sorry to have

bothered you, sir

It's probably someone

with the same name

What did they say?

Was it about your brother?

I thought it would be since

it was a call from the army

Grandpa, can I help

with the garden?

Could you drive for me?

I can drive him

Don't worry, Mom

The site is on a mountain and

you aren't well

I'll call her later

You got sick after your trip to China

to look for your brother


Why don't you go

start the car

- Yeah

- Make sure you've got an ID

It's a restricted area

Don't worry

I've got enough IDs

OK then

Are you going to wear

your sneakers?

I'll shine shoes instead

Jong-Ro, Seoul 1950

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

Shoe shine!

The middle ones are new from Italy

They're beautiful

It's a work of an art

The heels are high and

the stitching is superb

Well... I like low heels better

They look more comfortable

- Really?

- But

I bet you can make

so much better than those

It'll take a few more years

I'll be so proud when you make shoes

at a shop like this someday

- What did you buy this for?

- You wanted to have one

You look great!

Thanks, Jin-tae

Ice cream!

Ice cream!

- Hey, ice cream!

- Yeah!

- Give me a real cold one

- Why don't you buy two?

- Just one is enough

- OK

Here's one, nice and cold

Take it

- You've already spent too much

- Take it!

- Yours?

- I don't want my teeth to rot

- How much is it?

- It's 2 won

- Thank you

- Have a nice day!

- Take a bite first

- No way!

- Come on, it's melting!

- You eat it

Jin-tae! The tram!

Shoe shine

Where are you going?

We have to go home!

I've finished

the math homework

I'll teach you

something new

You have to teach me tomorrow!


You haven't finished yet?

What does it look like to you?

We're busy!

- Jin-seok's here, too

- Hi, Young-Shin!

Stop that

I'll put some on a plate

It's okay, Young-Shin

I told you not to do that

Come here

- Come on, I'm not a child

- Come here

Thank you!

See you next time!

Where did you get

this barley?

I got it for signing up for some

kind of National Correction League

- National Correction League?

- I think barley

for my name is

a good deal

I wish mother had done it, too

Nothing's ever free

I could kill for free food

Hurry up and close the shop

Dad's waiting!

Dad, Jin-seok scored the

top for his last exam

Isn't that a good job?

He'll make your dream come true

Please help him enter the

best university next year

And please keep him healthy

He was very sick last spring

No, but I'm fine now

Young-shin, Mom says

to come in!

Remember her, dad?

Jin-tae is going to marry

her this fall

Mom's worried about such a nice girl

marrying such a rough boy

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Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar is an American actor and director voices in a number of English-language localizations of Japanese anime, cartoons, and video games. Some of his major roles include the Joker in Injustice: Gods Among Us, Raiden in Mortal Kombat franchise, Zangetsu in Bleach, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Etemon and Myotismon in Digimon, Batou in Ghost in the Shell, Ansem in Kingdom Hearts, Joseph Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Black Ghost/Skull in Cyborg 009, Akuma in Street Fighter V, and Daisuke Jigen in Lupin the Third. He and fellow voice actress Ellyn Stern own and operate Epcar Entertainment, a voiceover production service company based in Los Angeles. On September 28, 2011, Epcar appeared on the podcast Disasterpiece Theatre to discuss his ideas for a live-action version of Ghost in the Shell. more…

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