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The Bow (2005)
"Hwal" (original title)

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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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Credited cast:
Yeo-reum Han ...
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Si-jeok Seo ...
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Gook-hwan Jeon ...
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Seong-hwang Jeon ...
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Seok-hyeon Jo ...
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A sixty and something year old captain has been raising for ten years a girl since she was six in his old fishing vessel that is permanently anchored offshore with the intention of marrying her on her seventeenth birthday. He survives bringing fishermen to fish in the vessel and predicting the future using his bow and shooting arrows in a Buddhist painting on the hull of the vessel while the girl moves back and forth in a swing. He also uses the bow and arrows to protect the girl against sexual assault of the fishermen. They live happily until the day that a teenage student comes to the ship and the girl feels attracted for him. When the teenager discovers that the girl was abducted when she was six and does not know the world, he returns to the vessel to bring the girl back to her parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A girl who thought the sea was the whole world became the whole world to one old man.

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Yin and yang inside a Rubik's cube
17 February 2013 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Whenever I watch a movie by Kim Ki-duk (with the exception of "Bom yeoreum gaeul...", which I enjoy much more than the rest), I have an unpleasant impression that this man's mental world is sort of puerile ; instead of a mature work of art I see an étude made by an intriguing youngster. In "Hwal" the director, not unlike a child with a Rubik's cube in hand, plays with rituals, symbols and colours slick just as the Euro-Korean score of this minimalist fable about an old man and a little girl, selfishness and ruthlessness of both old age and youth in the cyclic stream of life, and about how to conjure a feeble ending out of it all. Whether some deeper truths about yin and yang and other stuff reside inside the cube, Kim knows. Perhaps.


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