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Release Date:
29 April 2007 (South Korea) See more »
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Love Can Take Your Breath Away
Plot:
A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell". | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Another Kim Ki-duk gem See more (11 total) »

Cast

 

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 
 
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Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Myong-chul Song .... producer
Youngjoo Suh .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Jong-moo Sung 
 
Film Editing by
Su-Ahn Wong 
 
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John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
 

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Also Known As:
"Soom" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
84 min
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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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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Another Kim Ki-duk gem, 26 July 2007
Author: Paul Martin from Melbourne, Australia

This is the third film I have seen by Kim Ki-duk. Each one has been very different to the other, and I have loved them all. Address Unknown was bleak and emotionally challenging, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring was beautifully poetic, while Breath is hard to describe. It has aspects of the earlier films - it's visually poetic and bleak - but it's very different to both most notably for its surreal/absurdist devices combined with very black humour (slightly reminiscent of some of the work of Raúl Ruiz).

Sparse dialogue makes for great intrigue as we attempt to make sense of the two main protagonists and what they have in common. One, a man on death row, the other a suburban mother who follows news of his exploits on the TV. To discuss how the story unfolds is to spoil the film if you haven't watched it. However, the story is so elusive, that even with the details, much remains unexplained, adding to the mystique of the film. The prisoner does not speak during the film and the mother does not speak to her family; she is on screen for about twenty minutes before we hear a word uttered from her mouth.

There is a really competent and confident film-maker at work in Kim Ki-duk, and he's not afraid to experiment. Beautifully photographed in winter, the use of steel/blue tones indoors accentuates the sense of cold and contrasts some of the surreal aspects. The film is contemplative, giving one ample opportunity to appreciate the superb visual aesthetics and make sense of the narrative.

I enjoyed this film immensely, and highly recommend it. It screened as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, where Kim Ki-duk's films are always well-received.

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