I am so pleased to be able to recognize a score composed by Joe Hisaishi by ear alone. Truly beautiful work, as always. Delightful.
This movie is a strong example of a Korean film that successfully splices a hybridity of genres into one film. It manages to be goofy, tragic, lighthearted, cautionary, and hopeful, without coming off as facile or overstuffed with war truths. While there is violence included in this film, the focus is on the effort of the villagers and soldiers who try to coexist peacefully with one another, and eventually find out just how easy it is to do so. Soldiers learning to see each other as the brothers that they naturally are, despite their command’s respective alliances. Brotherhood in a time of strife, miscommunication, and crippling uncertainty. The good stuff.
Definitely a must see when in comes to war films.