This epic South Korean feature by Kang Je-gyu follows two brothers through the war with the north, commemorating the people's sacrifices but also exposing the republic's abuses. Kang borrows freely from Saving Private Ryan with graphic combat scenes and a plot in which one brother tries to win the other a discharge so that someone can look after their family; a daring melodramatic twist near the end reminds us that this was a civil conflict and that its wounds are still healing. Cloying score aside, this is a searing depiction of war in all its savagery, waste, and folly, with artfully choreographed sequences that surpass the conventions of the genre. In Korean with subtitles. 140 min.
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