Goodbye First Love
After befriending one another as marathon runners during their childhood, Korean native Kim Jun-shik (Kang Je-kyu) and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa (Joe Odagiri) join the Japanese army to fight the Chinese and Soviet armies. They soon become prisoners of war together after the Soviets capture them, but they eventually find themselves separated once they fight for the Soviets and, later, the Nazis in Germany.
My Way has everything that a truly great war film should: spectacular, thrilling and gritty battle scenes, heartfelt drama and plenty of suspense. Sure, its running time clocks nearly 2 1/2 hours, but every moment is necessary to tell the story of how war affected the lives of the two friends, Kim and Tatsuo. Fortunately, director/co-writer Kang Je-kyu keeps the film focused on their friendship as well as their wartime experiences which are quite emotionally devastating. At its core, My Way has as much humanity and heart as any of the great war films. It's the best war film since Saving Private Ryan.