Seok Bong dreams of being Indiana Jones and put everything on the line to find a national treasure but his reality is an increasing debt and useless equipment. His brother, Joo Bong is known for his work abilities and his good looks, he is the team manager of an architectural company but is mistakenly faced with an unemployment crisis. These two brothers haven't seen each other in years but they return home to Andong at the news that their father passed away. On their way down, they accidentally hit Aurora who will turn their life upside down...
Cast & Credits
When I read the synopsis, I thought The Bros would be a remake of "Passed Away," a 90's funeral comedy starring Bob Hoskins and William Peterson. It isn't. The only similarities are the 2 brothers and their disconnect from their father. Dong Suk Ma and Dong Hwi Lee play 2 estranged brothers that head to the family estate after the death of their father. Both have hidden agendas that are the real reasons they have headed home in 20 years. Suk Bong Lee (Ma) is the eldest brother. He's a broke lecturer and adventurer who dreams of finding a national treasure. Lee Joo Bong (Lee) is the 2nd brother who works for a company wanting to run a highway through the family's property. The brother's relationships and shenanigans are what make the movie. The story isn't much different from other funeral comedies but they did leave out any debauchery, which was refreshing. There's also the weird woman. In most comedies at least one of the brothers would have fallen for her, but not this one. The Bros just think she's odd.
Although they look nothing alike and you'd be hard pressed to think them full blood brothers, Ma and Lee are wonderful in their roles. Their chemistry was really good. I think there's something about Ma's 'hard working guy just trying to get ahead' look that leads him to play characters with sincerity even when the character isn't very trustworthy. You trust in him and it causes an instant chemistry on camera. I'm not very familiar with Lee, but he did a good job as did Honey Lee (how many Lee's were in this movie?) as the weird woman. The supporting cast was great. Jung Jae Jin played a family elder. He was a scene stealing marvel. He was hilarious, especially at the end when he lost his composure and tried to fight one of the brothers. I know it's advertised as having a guest appearance by Ji Chang Wook. The emphasis is appearance. He's in the movie 5 minutes or less. Do not watch this movie because you're his fan and wish to see him. You will be disappointed.
The music was fitting. I liked the theme used for the 'weird woman.' It was sufficiently silly sounding.
The rewatch value for me is high as I tend to rewatch funeral comedies at least once.
Overall, I'd give The Bros an 8.5. It was funny and entertaining. It will not break any records and it won't movie the industry forward. It is what it is, an entertaining quirky comedy.
This movie is a work that brought the basic configuration of "Brother was brave", which enjoyed constant popularity as a small theater musical. Director Chang Jung Jang, who directed the script and directed the original musical, wrote the script directly and directed the director. The unclear part of the story is also an unfortunate part. The plot of the central character - the situation of conflict - the plot leading to the solution was not clear and could not be organized directly to the message that emerges at the end. That is why I can only conclude that this film is a frivolous actor who suffered during his father's funeral. You will often see the clock during the 100-minute display times.