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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 »


Sun-Woo Jang


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



Release Date:

8 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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So real it rings true
10 February 2005 | by slake09See all my reviews

Lies is a story of two people who have a sexual obsession. That is the whole plot, in a nutshell. They don't come together for any other reason than to have all out, straight up, kinky, beat-each-other-up sex and they're not pretending there is any other reason. They glory in it, they obsess about it, they talk about their last encounter and look forward to the next one. The best thing about it is the way it draws you in and makes you watch just to find out - where will all this end? To all the reviewers who complained about the grapehic sex, so, why did you watch it? You can't see five minutes of this movie without getting the idea, so what were you doing? Tied to your chair, maybe? Couldn't get free to turn it off? Held at gunpoint? What a bunch of hypocritical goober heads.

Neither of the protagonists is particularly attractive, not in the conventional way, and I didn't feel that anything was shown for pornographic purposes (although that would have been OK with me). It is simply an account of an intense sexual relationship, where the whole reason for being together is kinky sex, and this idea is followed through the film. You may not have any sympathy with the characters, or like them, or even be able to empathize at all; but you have to watch because you just know it is going to get more intense, and it does.

Each time J and Y come together, the sex gets more intense, more brutal, kinkier and nastier. They beat each other unmercifully, finding ever more severe objects to whale on each other with. Sounds kinda fun, doesn't it? The intent, though, is to show such a relationship and show how it develops, where it can go, and how it could happen. It even goes one better by making J an older man, an artist who is very class sensitive and somewhat tormented. Y is a schoolgirl, and her motives are never completely clear, as they probably wouldn't be to someone her age in this relationship.

I would never have watched this except for the reviews complaining about the graphic sex and violence. That got my interest quick, but then I was sucked in by the plot. I just had to know where this was going and predicted some big blow up at the end. I thought that possibly one would kill the other during a beating, or their families would intervene. Either way, I had to know what happened, and that, to me, is the best part of this movie.

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