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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.
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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Weird and Beautiful 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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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Weird and Beautiful, 9 September 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

"Hwal" is a very weird movie and it is strange that I liked. The characters do not have names; the girl and the captain do not speak; the old man is apparently an abductor and pedophile; many situations are metaphorical and do not have reasonable explanation. On the other side, the cinematography and the music score are very beautiful; Han Yeo-Reum is extremely gorgeous and sweet; there is a permanent sexual tension along the story; and the screenplay is intriguing and engaging and I was expecting to see some sort of mysterious explanation, even that the girl would be a mermaid, for example. Unfortunately the conclusion is not subtle – actually it is gross - and is very disappointing, open to the most different interpretations. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Arco" ("The Bow")

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