Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 3rd, 2012
BluRay released: July 24th, 2012
Approximate running time: 143 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Korean, Dolby Digital Stereo Korean, DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
The plot revolves around two men, one Korean and the other one Japanese, who have formed a bound via their mutual love for marathon running. Since the moment they meet there has been a rivalry between these two men, which culminates during the Tokyo Olympics in which the wrong man is declared a winner. In the aftermath of this travesty a riot ensues and the Koreans who participated in said riot are forced to fight for the Japanese army in their war against the Soviet Union. From there the remainder of the film focuses on how the war transforms these two men’s relationship. With everything culminating at the invasion of Normandy.
Though he has only directed four feature films, Je-kyu Kang’s track record as a filmmaker is rather impressive with his other notable films being, Shiri and Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War. And not surprisingly he has once again up the ante with his latest feature film My Way, a epic tale about brotherhood is set amidst the chaos of World War II. Reportedly this film is also loosely based on a image of a Korean soldier, who was found in a German uniform at Normandy.
Content wise, My Way does a pitch perfect job balanced between the horrors of war and the more character driven moments the involve this film’s two main characters. The opening acts sets up who everyone and what their motivations are? While the middle section of the film focuses on the evolving conflict between this films two main characters as they try to survive and not become another casualty of war. With the film’s final act giving the viewer a very satisfying conclusion that does a superb job wrapping up all the events that had led up to the point.
Without a doubt the one area that this film really shines and often excels are its action set pieces. Not only do they pack a lot punch, they are sufficiently and in most regards realistically gory. Also at nearly 2 1/2 hours there is never an issues with pacing as things move along briskly from each new revelation to the next.
As good as the action set pieces are, one must not overlook the quality of the performances in this film which are all exceptional. With the performances from its two leading men, Dong-gun Jang (Friend, The Warriors Way) and Jô Odagiri (Princess Raccoon, Scrap Heaven). Of course the scenes in which these two actors characters interact are this film’s most durable asset. Ultimately My Way is an extraordinary tale about the horrors of war, that walks circles around similar themed Hollywood films that have ten times the budget.
My Way comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is a strong looking transfer, black and contrast levels look very good, details look sharp, there are no problems with compression or DNR.
This release comes with our audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Korean, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Korean, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. All four audio mixes sound excellent, with the two DTS-HD 5.1 mixes being the strongest of the lot. Dialog comes through with crystal clear clarity, everything sounds balanced and range wise the audio sounds dynamic throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a theatrical trailer for the film (1 minute 59 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), home video trailer (2 minutes 11 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), international trailer (2 minute 56 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Korean with English subtitles), interviews with actor Dong-gun Jang and screenwriter / director Je-kyu Kang (5 minutes 53 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Korean with English subtitles) and a ‘Making of’ featurette (9 minutes 3 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Korean with English subtitles). The extras are sparse with the main topic being each participant became involved with this project. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall My Way gets a first rate audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.