My Way

My Way (2011)

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Jun-shik, who 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 the war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist the army.
Tatsuo became the head of defense in Jun-shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun-shik read moreand Tatsuo are held captive 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.

  • Native title:

    마이웨이
  • Also Known as:

    D-Day; Prisoners of War

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HeyitsEst
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Oct 28, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Hands down, this film is a MASTERPIECE!...but that's just what I think.

Here's why...

1) The diversity!

It's not every day that you come across a film that features SIX different languages...yes, six. There's Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, German, and English (a tiny bit) O_O
It was an amazing experience to see the perspectives (somewhat--it's literally not much) of different nations during WWII with the progression of the film. What I really read more liked about that, is that by doing so, no one nation was definitively tacked as the "bad guy," because this film's purpose is not to show that; rather, it is about two rivals and their trials through war, and ultimately the bond they form.

2) The effects!

There was not one second my eyes were not glued to the screen. 'My Way' is a war movie, as in LOTS of fighting scenes, people being shot--death, explosions...you know ;) Now, if that kind of scares you, no worries, this is not a gore-type war film. There's no flying limbs or guys lying around with half of their body still intact while you see all their insides pouring out >:p yuck! Although, there was one incident--I won't say exactly, but it has to do with pus *cringes*. TBH, other than that, just expect blood and dead bodies.
As far as explosions go...superb. Scenes with airplanes...well done.
Anytime there was fighting, I found myself holding my breath, because it was so hectic and unpredictable...really captured the feeling of war. There were numerous occasions when I was chanting "Please don't die!" in my head with my fingers crossed haha ;)
The effects are awesome, but I should add that you'll see a lot more than just "war effects," since the film begins before the characters go off to war.

3) The characters!

What can I say? I mean from the main cast to the supporting cast, each character had an understandable motive and development, because all the characters were affected by WWII. I found it fascinating just to see all of these characters change over time due to the war and the fear of dying.
The character, Hasegawa Tatsuo, is definitely my favorite from the film. You'll see him as a kid, as a teen and as a man, and will never wonder (perhaps like me) why he is the way he is...that's really thanks to an incredibly written story.

Which brings me to...

4) The story!

It's based on a true story, which is why it comes across as being so realistic.
Although this is a war film, that's just the setting, the story itself is very heartwarming. I cannot say enough how much I loved it...I really did. For a film that's over two hours, it's unlikely that you will ever feel bored. I mean, if you heart is not pounding from the action, it might be breaking during the emotional scenes. I really want to say more, but I don't know how to without repeating the synopsis or spoiling the film for you, so I'll just say this; look forward to watching a darn good film :D

5) The acting!

Trust me it's outstanding. These actors aren't rookies; they know what to do, and they do it well. Plus, it's Jang Dong Gun as a lead, as well as Joe Odagiri of which I am now a fan. These two leads and the excellent supporting cast make this film well worth watching.


So, I feel like I've written quite a lot, but have said just as little; hopefully not too little, because I hope that I've said just enough to encourage you to watch My Way. If I am not helpful (at all D:) do please look up a better review, because I really think this film is good enough to deserve a view :)
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hiphop123
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Mar 10, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This is the best war movie that was produced in Asia ever! This was the most moving, beautiful, heart-wretching movie I have ever got to watch with my eyes.

The story was awesome. War makes you figure out who your true comrades & who your true enemies are. This is based of a true story, so most of the stuff in the movie actually happened! There were some scenes that made me read more happy, sad, & scream. The scenes were so unpredictable that I couldn't look away from the screen for one second from beginning to end because of the unpredictablity! It was that awesome!

The acting was top-notch, supurb! I haven't finish any of Jang Dong Gun's works, but I can say that he is really good! Joe Odagiri! Oh. . . my. . . freakin G!!!! He as so phenomenal! His character (Tatsuo) was so fleshed out that I ended up thinking he is enduring! I didn't like him at first, but as the war went on, be began to redeem himself so much that he was likable. JDG's character(Jun Shik) was fleshed out too, but not as much as Tatsuo, but still really fleshed out. The supporting cast was amazing too. There were characters that were unpredictable as well. We got to hear 6 different languages in this movie. Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, German & English(there was little bit of it though).

The music was great! It fitted into the scenes so well. I really want to get the ost!

Rewatching value is a little lower because it made me cry a lot! I finished it about an hour ago & it makes me cry thinking about it. I will rewatch this maybe in a month or a year.

Overall, this was a masterpiece! This was the best war movie I have seen so far from Asia so far. This makes me want to watch anything with Jang Dong Gun & Joe Odagiri in it because they are amazing actors. You really won't reget your time watching it. Because it's worth it.
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    Panda Apr 30, 2017

    simply amazing, the acting the direction and the war scenes everything was so good and professional i dont know what to say about this movie, got me teary eyes :(

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    Njkita Oct 28, 2016 - edited

    Just I can say it's amazing movie.

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    WinterGale Oct 1, 2016

    NOO boring moements... I defintlry enjoyed this one!

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    HAMEX Mar 26, 2016

    Woah woah just woaah! This is what I called perfection.

    1) Genius storyline
    2) Outstanding acting
    3) Awesome setting
    4) Great Music

    The finale battle reminds me about Pearl Harbor movie but this one brings more emotion.

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    rheabiel Mar 10, 2016

    It's a great war drama and I have totally fallen for Odagiri Joe.

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    mei-255 Feb 22, 2016 - edited

    I have no words, this movie was simply amazing!

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    krosland Jul 16, 2015

    Guys, where have you watched it?

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    DragonAlien Mar 23, 2015

    The best war movie I've ever watched. Simply a masterpiece. Odagiri is for real an outstanding actor. I think I'll be under the impression of this movie for the rest of my life.

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    Silent_Heart Aug 7, 2014

    Wow! That was intense! Brilliant movie.. you can't help but live its moments, feel their emotions, and get really attached to the story! The friendship they had cannot be described by words.. Really touching.

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    kit1186 Jun 18, 2014

    OMG such an amazing movie
    so much tears were shed
    Definitely one of Jang Dong Gun's finest roles

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    LittleBozSheep Feb 22, 2014

    I've only seen the trailer and I already know this movie is going to be mind blowing-ly great/a masterpiece, excited to watch it :D

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    lontongstroong Feb 17, 2014 - edited

    The actor playing Jong Dae stole the show for me. All in all good movie, action-packed with top notch acting. However, it still has some (fatal) shortcomings, particularly on historical accuracy. I've never seen or heard Allied troops climbing up to the bunker to neutralize it using ninja ropes (LOL), as well as the timing of Allied Airborne jump onto Utah Beach and its surrounding area. It was supposed to be at night before the D-Day (meant to capture bridges behind the lines and to disrupt the reinforcement of enemy troops)

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      BrightestStar Apr 27, 2014

      Not too sure about historical accuracy but gotta agree about Jong Dae! His character was the most interestng and got me hooked into what happens to him and he'll decide to do. Desperate to survive but not totally lost his humanity.

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      displacedmoon May 4, 2014

      I agree..the movie was a bit fantastical and historical accuracy wasn't a top priority....but still a good watch. The ninja ropes (lol) were actually grappling hooks. The Allied forces bombed the heck out of Pointe du Hoc, then sent Army Rangers in with grappling hooks and ladders. Of course, in the movie...it didn't look like cliffs...but I suppose that was their interpretation?

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      lontongstroong May 4, 2014

      They did climb the cliff using hooks, but it was undertaken a day before D-Day, not on major attack itself. The Ranger attack was to destroy some of German naval artillery situated a bit more inland then pulled back to safety, instead of occupying the beach. Their number also wasn't as massive as the main force, perhaps only around a few company and keep in mind, Ranger company was smaller than the regular infantry outfit counterparts. The attack in the movie, well, looks like the main attack on D-Day.

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    Liliino Oct 20, 2013

    Odagiri Joe and Jang Dong Gun did a great job together on this movie!! I really liked their friendship as Tatsuo and Jun-Shik . I also really liked Jong-Dae/Anton's character. Everything was great in that movie,I strongly recommend this to everyone :)

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    KateBison Sep 17, 2013

    Odagiri-kun was speaking german, awesome! i laugh a lot. totally cute :D

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Dec 21, 2011
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 17 min.

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