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Lies (1999)
"Gojitmal" (original title)

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A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based, we see the crew at work, the actors talk about what's going on. Y, a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sang Hyun Lee ...
Tae Yeon Kim ...
Hyun Joo Choi ...
Kwon Taek Han ...
Y's Brother
Hyuk Poong Kwon ...
J's senior
Myung Keum Jung ...
Senior's wife
Min Soo Shin ...
Young J
Young Sun Cho ...
J's father
Mi Kyung Ahn ...
Noodle shop owner
Kum Ja Yeom ...
Short rib shop owner
Boo Ho Choi ...
Motel owner
Hye Won Goh ...
Motel owner's wife
Chui Jin Kwak ...
Taxi driver
Jin-ho Lee ...
Taxi driver
Jae Sup Jun ...
Noodle shop customer


A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based, we see the crew at work, the actors talk about what's going on. Y, a schoolgirl of 18, chooses her first lover (rather than wait to be raped, as were her two older sisters). After phone sex with J, a sculptor who's 38, they begin an affair that, by the second meeting, includes spankings as foreplay. J brings a suitcase full of rods, hoses, and wires; Y gathers sticks to bring. Y's brother discovers the affair. J's wife, studying in Paris, calls him to join her. Will the lovers part? Will the violence get out of hand? When do the lies begin? Written by <>

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8 January 2000 (South Korea)  »

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$8,232 (USA) (17 November 2000)


$61,900 (USA) (9 February 2001)

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Very Unconventional and Bold Love Story
24 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Seoul, the eighteen years old student Y (Tae Yeon Kim) decides to meet the thirty-eight years old sculptor J (Sang Hyun Lee) and loose her virginity with him. After a few sexual meetings with J, Y is introduced in SM games, being spanked by Y and becoming addicted in sadomasochistic practice. "Gojitmal" is a very unconventional and daring love story. I saw this DVD on sale and I was really surprised with the boldness of Tae Yeon Kim, Sang Hyun Lee and director Sun-Woo Jang. When I worked in South Korea, I found a Confucian society, with costumes and moral values totally different from western societies, and I respected that a lot. My local colleagues informed me that, for example, the exhibition in the movie theaters of Louis Malle 's "Damage" had been forbidden, since their society would never understand the situation of a father having an affair with the wife of his son. At least, the "soju" remains the same in the present days. Therefore, when I saw that "Gojitmal", which is indeed a soft porn with very kinky sex, I was really astonished with the behavior of the characters. This movie is not bad, but it is interesting to read that most of the IMDb viewers liked it: the camera is amateurish, the lead actor and actress do not have the usual standard pattern of beauty and the locations are very simple. However, the screenplay is very unconventional and provocative, slightly recalling "The Last Tango in Paris", and the presentation looks like a documentary. "Gojitmal" is recommended for very specific audiences only. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Mentiras" ("Lies")

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