By Kyle Chaput
Based on a true story, South Korean director Kang Je-gyu (Tae Guk Gi aka Brotherhood) brings us (after a seven-year hiatus), My Way. Not only a front-runner for best foreign film in the upcoming Oscars, but one of the best war movies I have ever seen. My Way follows the events of Korean olympic contender, Sohn Kee Chung, as he and his fellow Koreans are forced by the Japanese to fight alongside them during World War II.
Everything about this movie is perfect, from cinematography to sound. You will be glued to your seat in this action-packed event as you watch these poor soldiers be treated like pawns on a chess board, an eye-opening reality of the opposite side of one of the most horrific wars in history.
Starring Jang Dong-Gun (A warriors way), who gives a gripping performance as a man who puts his own future on the line to help his countrymen, following his heart to do what is right, no matter what the odds.
Clearly the best movie I have seen this year, I can’t rave enough about My Way, as it proves that foreign films can sometimes be superior to Hollywood blockbusters that spend hundreds of millions but forsake a good story. I strongly urge anybody, whether you’re a fan of foreign films or not, to see this film. I feel it is ranked right up there with the big boys of the past few decades and will most likely stay with you as did Saving Private Ryan, Platoon and Apocalypse Now. Good double feature with Prefontaine starring Jared Leto and R. Lee Ermey.
5 out of 5