Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »
In busy downtown Seoul, a thuggish young man notices a fresh-faced college student who sits on a bench. He stares then sits next to her. She looks at him as if he's vermin, rises and walks ... See full summary »
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...
Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to ... See full summary »
At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking ... See full summary »
Violence is a key theme running through the movie, but since this is a Kim Ki Duk movie there is more to it. He's not going to take an easy way to tell a story or make it a comfortable watch either. There are some very disturbing scenes in here. Even when he's not explicit, what is implicated is really something that might get imprinted in your mind and you won't be able to shake some of it off.
Character may act "irrational" (might also have to do with mentality, but they often do so when in Duks movies), but they all serve a purpose. While the story is not overly complex, the way to its conclusion (which you might guess early on) is very well made. We get some resolutions we might not have needed, but we also get questions that will not get answered entirely. You can also interpret things/meanings, especially towards the end of the movie. Great watch, but not easy at all
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