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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:
Yi-da Jeon ... Woori

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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Realistic BDSM relationship, 6 January 2001
Author: verdie from Eugene, OR

I just got back from seeing the new Korean film "Lies," a portrayal of a consensual BDSM relationship between an 18-year-old student and a 38-year-old sculptor.

First, the bad stuff: it's not a very good movie. Amateurishly filmed, with shaky camera work and some of the weirdest directorial decisions I've ever seen. This is not "Last Tango In Paris" or anything like it.

But if you can get past that, what's left at the core is one of the most sympathetic, honest and realistic portrayals I've ever seen of BDSM as it's actually played. The two types of players -- the sculptor is a primary sadomasochist, whose needs for BDSM play are strong, innate and non-situation-dependent; the student is a secondary sadomasochist, who derives her enjoyment of BDSM from her partner's reaction -- are accurately and sympathetically portrayed. Consent is scrupulously observed, with plenty of check-ins and other good communciation. The emotional reactions to play are dead-on. The bad things that happen in the movie take place because of outside intervention by the vanilla world, not because there's anything wrong or sick about the couple themselves.

As far as I could tell, most of the scenes of BDSM play were real, not staged or faked -- and they're intense. Switchings, canings, paddlings -- with lingering camera shots afterwards of welts and bruises. (One scat play scene was apparently faked, which was OK by me - shudder.) Some of the play was not up to community standards of safe technique; a shot of a garden hose thudding down right across the woman's kidneys had me cringing. But it also seemed true to what might happen in a culture which provides no information or support for its kinkyfolk.

Well worth seeing in a theater if you live in an urban center where it's showing, or adding to your video collection later on if you can find it.

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