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Breath (2007) More at IMDbPro »Soom (original title)

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29 April 2007 (South Korea) See more »
Love Can Take Your Breath Away
A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell". | Add synopsis »
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Chen Chang ... Jang Jin
In-Hyeong Gang ... Young Cellmate

Jung-woo Ha ... Husband

Ki-duk Kim
Ji-a Park ... Yeon

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

Produced by
Myong-chul Song .... producer
Youngjoo Suh .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jong-moo Sung 
Film Editing by
Su-Ahn Wong 
Art Direction by
In-Jun Hwang 
Production Management
Yeon-ho Kim .... production manager

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Also Known As:
"Soom" - South Korea (original title)
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84 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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The license plate number of the couple's car is 5795. Jang Jin's prison number is 5796.See more »


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Daring and Brilliant, 8 May 2011
Author: clg238 from United States

In the old silent movies, captions were needed even as the actors did their best to convey emotions, often (by today's standards) way overdoing it. The actors in "Breath" skillfully convey practically all we need to know about what is going on in their internal lives, without dialogue. There is, in fact dialogue--not a lot, just exactly enough. This is a daring and brilliant film, and, sorry to say, one that doesn't seem to appeal to many people. I find the film quite transparent, but reviewers seem stymied by the odd situation (a woman in a broken marriage goes to visit a stranger on death row to offer him comfort). What is so difficult about this? She feels as if she is dying so she reaches out to someone else who is dying, even before his sentence is carried out. DUH. How she reaches out is quirky; not for a moment did my attention flag. The relationship motif is enhanced by what transpires in the prison cell of the condemned man, which he shares with three other men, one of whom is in love with him. This is not a film for those who want everything laid out for them so that they don't have to participate in elucidating the meaning. However, for those who are willing to put together the few pieces of the puzzle in this spare and gorgeous film, the effort will be rewarding. I found the film deeply touching, painful, beautiful, and haunting.

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