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12 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »
A girl who thought the sea was the whole world became the whole world to one old man.
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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hwal (The Bow)
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 9 June 2005)

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  (in credits order)
Yeo-reum Han ... The young girl (as Han Yeo-reum)
Si-jeok Seo ... The student
Gook-hwan Jeon ... The student's father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seong-hwang Jeon ... Old Man (no name)
Seok-hyeon Jo ... Third Man

Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Yong-gyu Kang .... co-producer
Ki-duk Kim .... producer
Michiko Suzuki .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eun-il Kang 
Cinematography by
Seong-back Jang 
Film Editing by
Ki-duk Kim 
Production Design by
Sol Art Chung 
Costume Design by
Kyung-mi Kim 
Makeup Department
Ki-sun Kim .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Seok-bin Jang .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hun Jang .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hyun-soo Jeung .... sound
Music Department
Eun-il Kang .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Joyce Kirkconnell .... driver

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hwal" - South Korea (original title)
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France:90 min | Canada:88 min (Montréal Film Festival) | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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shouting quietness, 26 December 2009
Author: ruiresende84 ( from Porto, Portugal

You decide where you should support yourself, while you surf across the vastness of films, and art, that you try. Kim Ki Duk is one of most dear ports i seek for shelter, these days. I thought Bin Jip was transcendental in several ways. It was a sketch of love, a beautiful idea of seeing without looking, feeling without touching. It allows us to experiment in our minds, to subtract the noise of ordinary emotional pornography, and lift us to a different world. My personal experimentation of both Bin-Jip and this one was enhanced by the fact that it was a shared experience, with someone very important (bin-jip was even suggested by her).

I suppose this may be a personal question, but to me Bin Jip, having much to do with this film, tops it in every respect. And it shouldn't. I mean, this one is, in its core, much closer to what it talks about. It should be a step further, regarding the other one. Isolation, the old man and the girl completely separated while sharing the same boat, the same life, the same room! The old man doesn't touch the girl, but bathes her every night. The disturbances that overcome the quietness of the see. Metaphors, The bow, the rope. This is built out of oppositions, or better still, contradictions. But the outcome works similar to Bin-jip. The couple consummate their love when the old man disappears. The same philosophy of not touching, here achieved through a more spectacular scene, where sex is consummated, after the old man leaves to the sea.

So, this is a safe port, a beautiful journey, and if you expect nothing of it, you will get many good things. Compared to Bin Jip this is even more depurated, and all the imagery is more worked our and developed. So it works out the visual complaints i had with bin-jip. But it is less subtle, less developed, and thus, less challenging.

My opinion: 4/5

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