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Release Date:
12 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »
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A girl who thought the sea was the whole world became the whole world to one old man.
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Hwal (The Bow)
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 9 June 2005)

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Engagingly Claustrophobic See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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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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Also Known As:
"Hwal" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
France:90 min | Canada:88 min (Montréal Film Festival) | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Engagingly Claustrophobic, 4 April 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

This story is about a fisherman who lives on a somewhat dilapidated fishing boat with his beautiful "grandaughter". The film pretty much takes place solely on the boat, they are never on dry land. The old man and the girl (they are never named and utter sounds but don't speak) have a special relationship, which you learn more about as the movie chugs along. The girl, who in the film is 16, is played by Yeo-reum Han who, when she smiles, is extremely beautiful. Its no wonder the few other characters, all men who pay to fish on the boat, are drawn to her. The film is good as a minimalist piece. That also means, of course, its also a little slow. I was somewhat intrigued, and the film is brave for being so focused in one place. As you see from the 7 rating, its not a great film. If you don't like minimalist films, do not watch this. I have never seen Yeo-reum Han in a film before, so I'll need to see her to see whether she is a very good actress. She is good here, as is the old man, played by Seong-hwang Jeon. You won't love it, but it will keep your interest.

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