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2 June 2001 (South Korea) See more »
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Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Dong-kun Yang ... Chang-guk

Min-jung Ban ... Eunok
Young-min Kim ... Jihum
Eun-jin Pang ... Chang-guk's Mom (as Eun-jin Bang)
Gye-nam Myeong ... Jihum's father
In-ok Lee ... Eun-ok's mother
Jae-hyeon Jo ... Dog Eyes
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Yeong-im Kim
Mitch Malem
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Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
 
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Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Seung-jae Lee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ho-jun Park 
 
Cinematography by
Jeong-min Seo 
 
Film Editing by
Sung-Won Hahm  (as Sung-won Ham)
 
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Ki-duk Kim 
 
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Sang-ho Ahn .... sound recordist
 

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Also Known As:
"Suchwiin bulmyeong" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language, sexuality and some drug content
Runtime:
117 min | Argentina:117 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Finland:117 min (Helsinki International Film Festival)
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A Trivial Film For a Serious Audience, 31 December 2003
Author: Michael Cumming from Ottawa, Canada

Not unlike the Oscar Wilde play from which my "One Line Summary" for this comment is co-opted the director of `Address Unknown' requires his audience to think.

In all of the Kim Ki-duk films I have seen (The Isle, Address Unknown, Bad Guy) what lies on the surface differs greatly from what lies beneath it. He is working in a language of metaphor and allegory with characters that range from caricature to archetype to fodder. By fodder I mean they are impenetrable and near impossible to empathize/sympathize with for the sole reason that emotional attachment is not the director's intention. He is creating a fictional world made to comment on the world we live in.

By exploring the eclectic residents of an isolated South Korean village in close proximity to an American military base Ki-duk is dealing with a number of issues such as globalization (the base, the bullies who moved to America), language (the theme of English, the comic interlude of the Playboy translation), gender (obvious), race (obvious), history (that family whose father turned out to be a traitor, the constant references to the past from the veterans), tradition (the archery), relationships (Korean girl and U.S. solider), war (obvious) and violence (obvious). The bleak, violent, at times repulsive world the film takes place in is so over-the-top that the audience can't help but think that it is just a means to an end.

In films like `The Isle' and `The Bad Guy' the black humour and sarcasm are more evident. `Address Unknown' is a tad more subtle but there are more than enough hints to indicate the film should not be taken at face value. An excellent example is the constant, almost laughable violence.

Kim Ki-duk is one of a handful of directors striving to create intelligent cinema that is accessible as well. The East is bursting at the seams with talent and I really hope it starts to get the recognition it deserves.





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