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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 »

Director:

Sun-Woo Jang

Writers:

Jung-Il Chang (novel) (as Jung Il Jang), Sun-Woo Jang
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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wire | hose | sculptor | phone sex | sex | See All (92) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

8 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Lies 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

Color:

Color
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Connections

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A classic comedy about sex addiction.
6 January 2003 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

As I recall, in G. Lucas' film "THX-1138" there was a television channel that featured nothing but a robot beating a naked person with his billy club. When I first saw this, I laughed out loud at the obvious satire of our society's need for sex and violence in our entertainment. I had much the same feeling after seeing this film.

At first the film seemed like a competent look at how two people in love want to explore every aspect of each other's bodies. The initial mild S&M just seemed like a logical extension of that exploration. But when the beatings bordered on mutual self destruction, I immediately saw this as lampooning our society's need for ever increasing "kicks" to satisfy our insatiable lust for ever increasing degradation of the human body.

The director suckered us in and punched us right in the gut! Bravo!.


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