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"Tae Guk GI"--Excellent War Film

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Cosmoline, Sep 21, 2005.

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  1. Cosmoline

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    I just picked up the Korean War Epic Tae Guk GI. Not only is it the best movie I've ever seen about the Korean War, it includes some of the most brutal combat scenes ever filmed. It makes the most intense parts of "Saving Private Ryan" look tame. Lots of Mosin & PPsH vs. Garand & BAR close combat. In spite of the C&R goodies the scenes are difficult to watch. The first part is set during the darkest hours of the war, when South Korea was on the verge of getting erased as the communists surged south, and the later scenes are from after the Marine landings.

    It was filmed with a true "cast of thousands," including thousands upon thousands of troops standing in for the chicom hordes. Little CGI was used, and all the rifle sounds ring true to my ears. Nothing like this film has been made since the days of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Patton." The costs for producing something on this scale in the US are simply too enormous.

    I will need to watch it a few more times for all of it to sink in, but it's already on my top ten war movie list of all time.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386064/
     
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  2. Razor

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    Yep, great movie.
     
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    Bit melodramatic for my tastes, but the battle scenes looked quite good.

    Seeing that movie really makes you want to get a Garand.
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    There certainly is more Big Acting in this film than in modern American dramas. This is another way in which it harkens back to an earlier time when actors in US films weren't afraid to be BIG. Chuck Heston in his younger days could have had a role in this film, I think--as an American general for example. But put his younger self in some modern piece like "Black Hawk Down" and he'd overpower all the other actors and look out of place.
     
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    Subtitles?
     
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    Yes indeed. Good ones, too. It's been released on a two-part special edition dvd in the US
     
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    I saw it and liked a lot as well.
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    Heard about it here. Watched it and really enjoyed it. Well worth renting.
     
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