My Way

My Way is a big budget South Korean WW2 movie directed by Je-kyu Kang (of Shiri and Tae Guk Ki fame).

“Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.”

My Way received a lot of hype but I ended up disappointed. Yes there is some massive, stylized (and gruesome) action but besides that there are no real highlights. “Inspired by a true story”? Maybe yes (INSPIRED in capital letters…), there are some obvious mistakes, it starts right away with Koreans being present at the battle of Nomonhan. IIRC by this time there were no Korean conscripts in the Imperial Japanese Army yet…

It’s still an entertaining movie for what it is, but do not expect a masterpiece or a history lesson.

~ by m1pencil on September 18, 2012.

2 Responses to “My Way”

  1. Saw the movie. Interesting theme but a badly directed flick. A real pity because you could tell they had tonns of money for props and effects to throw around.

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