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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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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yeong-im Kim
Mitch Malem

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)
 
Art Direction by
Ki-duk Kim 
 
Sound Department
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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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
It all falls down, 9 April 2005
Author: Atavisten from Tellus

This is gritty and bleak realism at its best. We are in a countryside village on the border to North-Korea were poverty and war (both the Korean war and the continuation of the cold war) takes its toll on the villagers. Prospects are none, but some think of America as one and therefore learns English. This also provides some of the small pieces of comedy in the movie, for example when some youngsters try to translate from a hustler magazine or when two bullies are tough with speaking English with strong Korean accent; Koreans have trouble pronouncing f for instance.. Some other comedy is the US army battalion running and crawling everywhere and the war veteran crazy for medals always bragging about killing 3 commies.

Anyway this very grim and bleak realism is obviously made as a political commentary. I don't blame any of them, they are victims of their circumstances. I sympathize with every one of them. Kim Ki-Duk don't blame anyone either, the Americans are portrayed as human, not as heroes nor devils, but the theme of globalization and colonization still lies implied in the movie. Actually its full of commentary. I wont get into it here.

I know there's a big difference between countryside Korea and big city Korea, but even though I cant say if its real or not, I believe this to be quite realistic. The utter consequences the movie depicts of course is fiction and made to emphasize the horror and drama, this is a movie after all.

This was not very well received in Korea and understandably so, it takes up problems that are very actual today and brings up a painful past. To get rid of these problems it is very important however, that someone like Kim Ki-Duk makes these kind of movies and for people to see them. So go see it!! But its not a pleasant watch.

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