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Lies (1999)

Gojitmal (original title)
A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based, we see the crew at work, the actors talk about what's going on. Y, a ... See full summary »



(novel) (as Jung Il Jang),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sang Hyun Lee ... J
Tae Yeon Kim ... Y
Hyun Joo Choi ... G
Kwon Taek Han ... Y's Brother
Hyuk Poong Kwon ... J's senior
Myung Keum Jung ... Senior's wife
Min Soo Shin ... Young J
Young Sun Cho ... J's father
Mi Kyung Ahn ... Noodle shop owner
Kum Ja Yeom ... Short rib shop owner
Boo Ho Choi ... Motel owner
Hye Won Goh ... Motel owner's wife
Chui Jin Kwak ... Taxi driver
Jin-ho Lee ... Taxi driver
Jae Sup Jun ... Noodle shop customer


A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based, we see the crew at work, the actors talk about what's going on. Y, a schoolgirl of 18, chooses her first lover (rather than wait to be raped, as were her two older sisters). After phone sex with J, a sculptor who's 38, they begin an affair that, by the second meeting, includes spankings as foreplay. J brings a suitcase full of rods, hoses, and wires; Y gathers sticks to bring. Y's brother discovers the affair. J's wife, studying in Paris, calls him to join her. Will the lovers part? Will the violence get out of hand? When do the lies begin? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

8 January 2000 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,232, 19 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,900, 11 February 2001
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Harsh, provocative, unique
22 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I first popped this DVD in, I had no idea what I was in store for. Sure, I read the description on the back and the reviewers quotes and I knew it was unrated, but I had no idea... Lies is a bold film. Whether you despise the places it dares to go or admire it for going there, you cannot argue the fact that it goes to the outer most limit. At times I found myself queasy, sometimes out of how graphic the sex was and other times out of a feeling that I was uncomfortable for the actors for being that naked -- i'm not talking about just their skin -- i mean their vulnerability being in those scenes to begin with. Although I would usually ask what the point of a movie this raw is, in this case I have to say that I'm really glad that I saw it. I don't know what you walk away with from it, but I do know that I'm always psyched to see something different cinematically than what I already know and surprisingly satisfied to discover a film that I didn't know existed. Lies delivered both. I can't really put my finger on what it is about the film and it's not my type (AT ALL) but it's worth it. For some intangible reason, it is worth it and has much merit.

If you're not uptight and can deal with watching thing that you would probably not venture nor wish to do and want to see a filmmaker totally unashamed and unfazed at exploring a genre, then this is a movie that is definitely worth seeing. 7/10.

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