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Birdcage Inn (1998)
"Paran daemun" (original title)

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Streetwise Jin-a moves into a boarding house run by a small, close-knit family. But her unacceptable behavior threatens to destroy them all.

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Ji-eun Lee ...
Jin-a
Hae-eun Lee ...
Hye-mi
Jae-mo Ahn ...
Hyun-woo
Hyeong-gi Jeong ...
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Min-seok Son ...
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With a red-light district in Seoul being demolished, the residents there find they have to relocate. Jin-a opts to leave Seoul and heads to the eastern city of Pohang. There she takes up residence in a boarding house run by a small family. Besides the parents, there is a daughter attending university and a son in high school. At first Jin-a is very happy there, however she continues to sell her body driving her into confrontation with the repressed daughter, Hye-mi. Things go from bad to worse when Jin-a meets Hye-mi's boyfriend... Written by Thomas Giammarco <giammarcoken@hanmail.net>

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Delicate, painful drama from a true original
30 December 2003 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Kim Ki-duk continues his exploration of primal human behavior in BIRDCAGE INN.

A master at depicting specific, "closed" environments, here he sets his story in a one-girl brothel in a seaside town.

A man falls in love with the brothel's prostitute and this presents a dilemma for those who depend on her for survival.

This is a more restrained, quieter film than the Korean director's BAD GUY, THE ISLE, CROCODILE or ADDRESS UNKNOWN. The violence is less overt, the sex off-screen more than on-screen.

For some, it will be a more accessible film.

Personally, I would place it just below the four titles above, but that is in no way a slight on the movie. Recommended.


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