My Way (Film) Review

My Way

Released: 20th April 2012
RRP: TBC
Director: Je-kyu Kang
Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Jo Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim, Seung-hyeon Han
Rating: R
Running Time: 145

After emerging as bitter rivals and enemies as young marathon runners, Korean native Kim Jun-shik and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa both find themselves in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese and Soviets in a bloody battle. Jun-shik is there under duress, while Tatsuo is a powerful colonel. After both are taken prisoner by the Soviets, their mutual hatred and mistrust boils over into a violence that is only stopped by the continuing horror of the war. Forced to fight for the Soviets, the two eventually rely on each other for survival, making it to Germany, where they are in turn separated and forced to fight for the Nazis. They meet again at Normandy Beach, both unlikely survivors, bonded together by history as they struggle to survive one more terrible battle as the Allies arrive on D-Day.

Nicolas Rapold (New York Times) said:
"The bloody chaos can be suitably overwhelming, but you're too aware of the whizzing camerawork, helter-skelter editing and bombastic score."

Robert Abele (Los Angeles Times) said:
""My Way" is combative to a thematic and stylistic extreme."

Benjamin Mercer (Village Voice) said:
"Marshals an overbearing score, turbulent handheld camerawork, and a punishingly brief average shot duration toward the story of two archnemesis long-distance runners who form an unlikely alliance amid the welter of world war."



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