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Birdcage Inn (1998)

Paran daemun (original title)
Streetwise Jin-a moves into a boarding house run by a small, close-knit family. But her unacceptable behavior threatens to destroy them all.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ji-eun Lee Ji-eun Lee ... Jin-a
Hye Eun Lee Hye Eun Lee ... Hye-mi (as Hae-eun Lee)
Jae-mo Ahn Jae-mo Ahn ... Hyun-woo
Hyeong-gi Jeong Hyeong-gi Jeong ... Gecko
Min-seok Son Min-seok Son ... Jin-ho
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Storyline

With a red-light district in Seoul being demolished, the residents there find they have to relocate. Jin-a opts to leave Seoul and heads to the eastern city of Pohang. There she takes up residence in a boarding house run by a small family. Besides the parents, there is a daughter attending university and a son in high school. At first Jin-a is very happy there, however she continues to sell her body driving her into confrontation with the repressed daughter, Hye-mi. Things go from bad to worse when Jin-a meets Hye-mi's boyfriend... Written by Thomas Giammarco <giammarcoken@hanmail.net>

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Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

31 October 1998 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Boogui Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Didn't Translate Well Due to Cultural Anomalies
18 April 2015 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

For one reason or another a young woman named "Jin-a" (Ji-eun Lee) is forced to relocate from her previous domicile and accepts employment as a prostitute at a small family-owned hotel. Although most of the family members accept her (to one extent or the other) the college-age daughter, "Hye-mi" (Hae-eun Lee) treats her with unveiled contempt and ridicules her at every opportunity. Likewise, some of her customers along with her former pimp also make life miserable for her as well. Even so she endures the best that she can. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie and risk spoiling it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that the director (Ki-duk Kim) used just about every scenario related to the "world's old profession" he could find. Unfortunately, some of these scenes didn't translate well due to the cultural anomalies inherent in Korean society and in addition there were a few scenes which seemed to be a bit too slow. In any case, all things considered I rate this movie as about average.


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