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Rainbow Trout (1999)

Song-o (original title)
A group of city dwellers make a trip of three days and two nights into the isolated countryside to visit a friend in the hills. Their true nature begins to reveal itself: love hidden but ... See full summary »

Director:

Jong-won Park

Writer:

Dae-woo Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Soo-youn Kang ... Jung-hwa (as Soo-yeon Kang)
In-sung Hwang In-sung Hwang ... Chang-hyun
Kyung-gu Sol ... Min-soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
In-kwon Kim ... Tae-joo
Roe-ha Kim
Se-dong Kim Se-dong Kim ... Byung-kwan
Hang-na Lee Hang-na Lee ... Young-sook
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A group of city dwellers make a trip of three days and two nights into the isolated countryside to visit a friend in the hills. Their true nature begins to reveal itself: love hidden but never forgotten, primitive desires suppressed in the city, nasty pride that triumphs only over the weak and a strong will for survival that sacrifices even love and friendship. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

11 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Trout See more »

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A nice measure of what is good and what is evil
9 April 2000 | by freakusSee all my reviews

A first take, this film may seem like a Korean "Deliverance (1972)". But the real story lies in the clash between the seemingly cultured city folk and the rough and crude rural dwellers. As the film starts we see things from the city dwellers perspective as the "hillbillies" talk roughly and push the city folk around. We feel for them and hope to see them out of this hellhole and back in the city safely. Yet as things progress we see the other side of these nice people. We see their lies and their betrayals of one another. This dark side culminates in their scapegoating an innocent country boy and committing awful violence on him for their own sins.

At the screening I attended the director said it was a contrast between the polite but two-faced city folk and the rough but more honest country folk that he wanted to highlight and he does so admirably. Kudos also go to all the actors for their deep and complex performances.


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