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  • Movie: The Bros
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2017
  • Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
  • Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 383 users)
  • Ranked: #4920
  • Popularity: #3885
  • Watchers: 775

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Feb 20, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I adore funeral comedies.  I mean ADORE!! It started years ago with Juzo Itami's The Funeral and continues to this day.  I started watching The Bros because, well, it's a funeral comedy, duh.  Did you not read the first sentence? j/p I also love Don Lee (aka Dong Suk Ma).  Truly. A funeral comedy starring Don Lee?  I'm in!

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.

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1 people found this review helpful
Dec 19, 2017
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.5
There are many types of narrative arts that convey ideas and inspire them through stories. Everything from novels, plays, movies, to webtoons are fun and inspiring in a unique way. However, "The Bros" even though it has been successful in one medium,  it is not easy to get the same good rating when moved to another medium.
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.

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Dec 27, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
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Starting off the movie, for me, it went pretty good. With Ma Dong Seok and Lee Dong Hwi showing “comedy” which I think was very successful because it made me laugh pretty hard.

I was hoping for Lee Ha Nee to show up, but she doesn’t show up that often unfortunately. And I came up with the conclusion that she was their mother (when younger) when they immediately realize that no one can see her except them.

When it reaches the part where Ma Dong Seok reads his father’s letter, it brought me to tears. Who would think that someone like Ma Dong Seok could bring so much feels in the movie, right?

And for the last parts, Lee Ha Nee and Ji Chang Wook, the perfect couple, I guess. I wish I could see more of Ji Chang Wook in the movie, tho. But, overall, the movie shows a great brotherly bond.

Definitely a 9 out of 10 ⭐️

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0 people found this review helpful
Sep 19, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
The casting for the leads could've been a little better I guess, because the two are relatively stiff actors and they could've utilized actors with a bit more in repertoire.

Story and how it was delivered was pretty well done, although there were a few points left neglected. Plot twist was relatively unexpected and very much welcomed.

Good cinematography and good story telling. With just a little more effort this could've actually broken the charts, the female lead was very lovable.
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