"Heartfelt yet harrowing"—TwitchFilm
"The most expensive South Korean film ever made is also one of the most realistic (read: gory) depictions of the horrors of war, specifically World War II, global cinema has ever produced. It makes the Normandy Beach sequence in 'Saving Private Ryan' look like a mere skirmish"—Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
Korea has been producing some accomplished war movies in recent years. This one, based on a true story, adds a new wrinkle:
PLANO, TEXAS. (June 7, 2012) – The critically-acclaimed, powerful war film "My Way" (a.k.a. "Mai Wei"), Korea’s most expensive film to date, debuts on Blu-ray and DVD July 24th from Well Go USA Entertainment. Jang Dong-Gun ("The Warrior’s Way," "The Brotherhood of War"), Joe Odagiri ("Shinobi," "Bright Future") and Fan Bingbing ("Shaolin," "Bodyguards & Assassins") star in Director Kang Je-Gyu’s ("Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War") story of two rival Olympic marathon runners who fight for Japan at the start of World War II. Captured by the Soviets and Germans, they eventually escape and meet on the beaches of Normandy in 1944. Bonus features include a new optional English language dub and behind-the-scenes interviews and footage from the making of the film.
After emerging as bitter rivals and enemies as young marathon Olympic runners, Korean native Kim Jun-shik (Jang Dong-Gun) and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa (Joe Odagiri) 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.
Bonus features include:
- Making of
- Behind the Scenes
- Cast Interviews
- Director Interview
- New English Dub
"My Way" has a runtime of approximately 143 minutes and is rated R.