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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.
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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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hwal (The Bow)
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 9 June 2005)

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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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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Lousy, 15 August 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

I've only seen one other Ki-duk Kim movie, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall... and Spring. It was quite lovely, especially in its imagery. Yet there was something inherently phony about the whole thing (I even sensed this long before I learned Kim had only a passing familiarity with the religion of Buddhism, which the whole film revolves around). The Bow similarly suffers from phoniness, but even more so. It's a fairy tale of sorts about an old man, probably in his late 60s, who has been raising a young girl for the last decade. She is now 16. He plans to marry her the day she turns 17. Kim begs the audience not to find that too disgusting. I couldn't really do it. I also could never get past the film's corny earnestness, nor its repetitiveness, nor its slapdash symbolism. It has some nice images, and the music is good for a while (it becomes far too overbearing as the film moves on). The young girl, Yeo-reum Han, when she's not being overtly sexualized, is nice to look at (the actress seems to have been in her 20s when the film was made, but she really does look like a young teenager).

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