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Brotherhood Review

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A Korean soldier strives to win the medal of honour that will enable his younger brother to return home from the war.

★★★★★

Set during the Korean War, Brotherhood follows two siblings dragged into conscription and their opposing experiences in the trenches. What starts off as predictable melodrama takes a welcome twist as elder brother Jin-Tae (Jang), in trying to earn a medal that will allow him to send his younger sibling Jin-Seok (Won) home, becomes consumed by the glory of personal success.

Soapy elements rear their tiresome heads again in a needlessly dragged-out third act, but for a large proportion of its running time this is a powerful, if traditional, war movie. And it's amazing the pyrotechnics you can buy for $13 million in Korea!

The most expensive film in Korean history (a still fairly thrifty, by international standards, $13 million), Brotherhood does what every movie given an astronomical budget does: it goes to war.