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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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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Hwal (The Bow)
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 9 June 2005)

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Old School Kim Ki-Duk 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
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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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Additional Details

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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51 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Old School Kim Ki-Duk, 15 September 2005
Author: sain11 from Australia

I must confess I am a huge Kim Ki-Duk fan, and have loved every one of his films. In my opinion Ki-Duk has directed 4 absolute masterpieces of modern cinema, Bad Guy, 3 Iron, The Isle, and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Each of these films has gone some way to changing the shape, scope, style or accepted boundaries of modern cinema.

The Bow, however does not go to these lengths, but instead falls into the category of Ki-Duk's more eclectic and arguably more mainstream works like the Birdcage Inn or Samaria. This is by no means a bad thing as these are also great films in their own right.

Much like 3 Iron, the Bow has very little dialog, and much of the emotion is conveyed solely by glances, gestures or actions. This makes the film both more and less commercially acceptable to western audiences.

The Bow has re-confirmed Kim Ki-Duk as a modern cinematic maverick, an uncompromisingly original and visionary director.

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