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Credited cast:
Oh Hyeon-ju (as Soo-yeon Kang)
Kwang Rim
Sang Hong / Son Mi-hyeong
Jae-ryong Jeon ...
Yun Byeong-du
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14 November 2003 (South Korea)  »

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The Circle  »

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2.35 : 1
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artistic and satisfying
29 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man painting on a corpse is arrested and charged as a serial killer, a charge he does not deny. Thus the defense attorney has what seems to be not a winnable case. Certain events suggest to him that the accused was tormented by a past life and that the real culprit lies beyond the grave. He bases his case on the supernatural, a case which the prosecutor spares no energy in picking apart. After all a defense based on concepts such as reincarnation does not set well in our modern world. This much is apparent early in the film, and I'll just mention a few things, not to spoil the film (much more to it than just this) but to help it make sense. Think of lives having interconnections with each other and the past in ways not commonly understood. Think of redemption, of desires that find a reality. Think of the irony of destroying that which is most precious. Think of torrid love, of tender love, of self-sacrifice, of some meaning to life. Think of a circle. If you just want simple entertainment or to watch a film while taking trips to the refrigerator, this film may very well not make sense. But if you appreciate artistic films and don't mind getting engrossed in a film and don't mind concentrating and thinking at the same time, then you may find this film satisfying. It made sense to me. Music was well chosen and hauntingly beautiful. The story, characters, direction - all well done.

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