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On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...
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The lonely and silent rider Tae-suk breaks in empty houses and lives a normal life while the owners are traveling. He does not steal anything and moves from house to house without any loss other than food, and he cleans the houses, provides small repairs or washes some clothes to pay for the hospitality. When he enters in the house of Sun-hwa, he does not see the woman that is wounded in her room after being beaten up on by her abusive husband Min-gyu Lee. Tae-suk helps the hurt woman and when Min-gyu returns, he hits the husband with golf balls and Sun-hwa leaves her husband with Tae-suk on his motorcycle. When they break in the house of an old man, they find that the man is dead and Tae-suk provides funeral service for him. However, his son returns and Tae-suk and Sun-hwa are arrested by two abusive police detectives. He is sent to prison and Sun-hwa is forced to return home. But she never forgets him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Yet another movie with few words but much meaning. The few Korean movies I have seen have been very fresh and interesting and this one is best yet.
There were many themes and symbols all blended together in a lovely way. And the slow, silent courtship of Sun-hwa and Tae-suk was quiet and touching. The way they interacted ... the way she expressed herself with simple gestures like standing in front of the ball ... It makes other romances seem like a loud racket.
I especially liked the scene with the scale at the end where together they both weighed nothing. A truly wonderful metaphor for love.
That this movie is rated R is very telling ....
This movie did have a lot of product placements and was so corporate and anti-corporate at the same time. It really confused me. Korea must be an interesting place to make movies.
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