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Jung-Il Chang (novel)
Sun-Woo Jang (writer)
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8 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »
A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sang Hyun Lee ... J
Tae Yeon Kim ... Y
Hyun Joo Choi ... G
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
Mi Ran Yim ... Noodle shop customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hye-jin Jeon ... Woori (as Yi-da Jeon)

Directed by
Sun-Woo Jang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jung-Il Chang  novel "Tell Me a Lie" (as Jung Il Jang)
Sun-Woo Jang  writer

Produced by
Jin Han .... associate producer
Jonathan Kim .... co-producer
Jung Soo Kim .... line producer
Moo Ryung Kim .... executive producer
Keon Seop Park .... executive producer
Chul Shin .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Woo-hyung Kim 
Film Editing by
Gok-ji Park 
Production Design by
Myeong Kyeong Kim 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keun Shik Cho .... assistant director
Jin Mee In .... assistant director
Woo Jae Kim .... assistant director
Kyung Mook Park .... assistant director
Dong-Whan Shin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Young Kil Lee .... sound
Visual Effects by
Yong Gyun Kim .... digital video
Other crew
Pascal Benbrik .... assistant coordinator: second unit
Pascal Benbrik .... choreographer dance

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Also Known As:
"Gojitmal" - South Korea (original title)
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112 min
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
So real it rings true, 10 February 2005
Author: slake09 from Silver Lake, Ohio, USA

Lies is a story of two people who have a sexual obsession. That is the whole plot, in a nutshell. They don't come together for any other reason than to have all out, straight up, kinky, beat-each-other-up sex and they're not pretending there is any other reason. They glory in it, they obsess about it, they talk about their last encounter and look forward to the next one. The best thing about it is the way it draws you in and makes you watch just to find out - where will all this end? To all the reviewers who complained about the grapehic sex, so, why did you watch it? You can't see five minutes of this movie without getting the idea, so what were you doing? Tied to your chair, maybe? Couldn't get free to turn it off? Held at gunpoint? What a bunch of hypocritical goober heads.

Neither of the protagonists is particularly attractive, not in the conventional way, and I didn't feel that anything was shown for pornographic purposes (although that would have been OK with me). It is simply an account of an intense sexual relationship, where the whole reason for being together is kinky sex, and this idea is followed through the film. You may not have any sympathy with the characters, or like them, or even be able to empathize at all; but you have to watch because you just know it is going to get more intense, and it does.

Each time J and Y come together, the sex gets more intense, more brutal, kinkier and nastier. They beat each other unmercifully, finding ever more severe objects to whale on each other with. Sounds kinda fun, doesn't it? The intent, though, is to show such a relationship and show how it develops, where it can go, and how it could happen. It even goes one better by making J an older man, an artist who is very class sensitive and somewhat tormented. Y is a schoolgirl, and her motives are never completely clear, as they probably wouldn't be to someone her age in this relationship.

I would never have watched this except for the reviews complaining about the graphic sex and violence. That got my interest quick, but then I was sucked in by the plot. I just had to know where this was going and predicted some big blow up at the end. I thought that possibly one would kill the other during a beating, or their families would intervene. Either way, I had to know what happened, and that, to me, is the best part of this movie.

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