It's remarkable how incredibly touching it is while constantly lapsing into gushy melodrama; the film wins you over with the same sort of earnest emotionality found in Hong Kong cinema and early Hollywood, which gives the unflinchingly realistic battle sequences (that blow "Saving Private Ryan" out of the water) even more dramatic punch. And what a score!
The epic, realistic battles scenes are intense. However, it also has many moments of soap-opera, as the effectively dramatic scenes are only strewn throughout. There's some great character twists far in the film that make it stand out from its Saving Private Ryan ilk, but the character's feel static or are single-minded monomaniacs. Therefore, it's as memorable in some elements as it's forgettable in others.
En estos tiempos de tensas relaciones entre ambas coreas, resulta oportuno ver esta cinta. Un brutal retrato de la guerra entre ambas naciones, que deja ver a los 20 minutos iniciales de Saving private Ryan como meros jueguitos de artificio. Tan visceral y violenta como deslumbrante, resulta otro buen ejemplo de una cinematografia de gran calidad e interes.
Suffers from spouts of operatic drama, but when it's narrative is focused and concise it's as riveting as war epics get. Terrific performances from it's two leads and some incredible battle scenes are the highlights here.
Truly a great film, BUT it spoils a number of things with far fetched combat scenarios (you probably don't have time to look around the battlefield when a guy is trying to break your neck with a rifle). This is the only thing holding it back from a perfect rating. This also unfortunately gives the impression that the powerful and tear jerking final scenes belong in a better film.