Starring: Shin Ha-gyun, Won Bin, Kim Hae-suk,
Lee Bo-yeong, Kim Tae-uk
Released By: Shaw
Date: 13 January 2005
time is the late 1990s. The place: a high school. Two brothers,
despite being a year apart in age, are in the same class.
younger brother, Jong-hyeon (Won Bin) is a good-looking, class-A
fighter. The older brother, Seong-hyeon (Shin Ha-gyun) is
unbelievably tender and gentle, a class-A student.
They’ve been fighting, nearly non-stop
for 17 years. Trouble began when their mother (Kim Hae-suk)
favored Seong-hyeon over his younger brother. The conflict
again began when both brothers fell for the same girl, the
most beautiful girl in the neighborhood, Mi-ryeong (Lee Bo-yeong).
When the long-simmering emotions finally
explode and a huge fight breaks out, Seong-hyeon tells his
younger brother something he had never been able to say before:
“Jong-hyeon, would you call me hyeong just once? I’ve
never heard it before from you...”
“Hyeong” the word that younger
Korea brothers call their older brothers. And yet Jong-hyeon
has never said it to his brother.
An older brother who feels sorry for his
younger brother... Jealous over his rivalry for the same girl,
embarrassed over the unequal treatments he received from his
mother, but Seong-hyeon still longs for a close relationship
with his younger brother.
still Jong-hyun never calls his older brother hyeong...
were at some point in our life concluded that our parents
treated our siblings better. Why their lunch boxes have richer
contents than us? Why are they so dead-worried when our siblings
suffer a minor cold? Why am I the one to be blame for the
mistakes my siblings committed?
Why our old folks savings seem to be reserved to our siblings?
to the calculations and jealousy, there are equally many times
when we would defend our siblings if they were in trouble,
regardless of whether they are right or wrong. We never allowed
others to talk coarsely about our parents and our siblings
even though we were always the one who throw tantrums at them.
the movie, "My Brother", Won Bin resembles most
of us who may have overlooked the essence of siblings relationship.
Reprising the "younger brother" role in his previous
work "Brotherhood - Taegukgi", this time he is Jong-hyeon,
an unsure and confused man beneath the handsome and fearless
outlook. Longing for the attention of his divorced, loan-shark
mother, who seem to be only concerned about her elder son,
Seong-hyeon (Shin Ha-gyun), he is so jealous over the "fortune"
of his elder brother that he refused to call him "hyeong",
a Korean term commonly used by younger brother when they address
their elder brother.
Seong-hyeon (Shin Ha-gyun) is nowhere blessed since the day
he was born. His father intended to throw him away because
he was born ugly with a "hare-lips". He was unable
to feed on his mother's breast like normal babies. His diction
was affected and he grown up under the merciless needles that
supported his fragile physics, an aftermath of his inborn
deficiency. His medical treatment had led to the financial
plight of his family that indirectly became one of the causes
of break-up between his father and mother.
he was constantly bullied by Jong-hyeon, he did not retaliate
his brother's disrespectful behaviour and is patient and tolerant
towards him. Naturalistically-intellect and the top student
in the school, Seong-hyeon would go as far as casting aside
his wrath even when he discovered Jong-hyeon uses his poems
to win over Mi-ryeong (Lee Bo-yeong), the most beautiful girl
in the neighbourhood, whom he is secretly admiring.
the movie touted the concept that we never have a choice in
which family we wanted to born into, neither do our parents
have the choice in making a pre-selection to the quality of
their flesh and blood. However, we became life-long burden,
influencing each other in behaviours and beliefs. In spite
of the challenges and differences that exist among us, for
some unknown reasons, we always found refuge in the arms of
our family in time of trouble.
movie is completed with valuable gems in almost every aspect.
Probably the only shortcoming of the movie is the audio-recording
equipments that were carelessly sneaking out from the corners
in many scenes. Nevertheless, the heart-wrenching theme was
intense enough to cover this negligence.
words of advice: Start caring for your family from now on,
or you may regret later for not having a chance when they
are eventually gone.
Review by Leosen Teo