An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.

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Bong Joon Ho
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Sung-Jae Lee ... Yun-ju
Bae Doona ... Hyun-nam
Ho-jung Kim ... Eun-sil
Byun Hee-Bong ... Janitor (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Su-hee Go Su-hee Go ... Jang-mi (Hyun-nam's friend)
Roe-ha Kim ... Shadow Man
Jin-gu Kim Jin-gu Kim ... Granny (as Gin-goo Kim)
Sang-soo Im ... Senior Joon-pyo
Jeong-seon Seong Jeong-seon Seong ... Aengbali
Jae-ha Jo Jae-ha Jo ... Aengbali's baby
Chae-rin Hwang Chae-rin Hwang ... Seul-gi
Sookyung Lee Sookyung Lee ... Seul-gi's mother
Hyuk-Poon Kwon Hyuk-Poon Kwon ... Management office chief
Yeongi Lee Yeongi Lee ... Management office old-timer
Yong-ok Kim Yong-ok Kim ... Management office director
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The disconnections of urban life. Yun-ju is diffident, almost without affect; his wife is pregnant, and he's wonders if he should bribe the dean to secure a professorship. He's also bothered by a yapping dog that disturbs him in the large block of flats where he lives. Hyeon-nam is equally disengaged; she's a bookkeeper at same block of flats, animated only when she learns of a lost dog. Over the course of a few weeks, three dogs in the building go missing - Yun-ju and Hyeon-nam have a connection to each. So might a janitor. Is it a man-eat-dog world? Is there any cure for this ennui? Can anyone connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

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The film's original Korean title is a satirical take on A Dog of Flanders, a European pet story that is very popular in parts of East Asia. See more »

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Referenced in Growing Up Fisher: Trust Fall (2014) See more »

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Barking Dogs Never Bite
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A ten plus comedy noir about zero sum lives
24 August 2001 | by theorbysSee all my reviews

This is something of a rarity, a indie Korean film. It's also Joon-ho Bong's directorial debut. It's brilliant. Slow, but impeccably paced and broadly intermixed with multiple levels of wonderful comedy, acting, atmosphere (a kind of existential (and cement) wasteland), and directing. Be warned. Pet lovers are going to be shocked, and maybe outraged. But really, don't take this too literally, Joon-ho Bong knows he is playing with your sensibilities and he knows that you know it (or you should know it by now, if you have been watching film, tv, and advertising for your entire life). This is real cinematic virtuosity.

The promotion for this film compared it to American Beauty and that was a somewhat surprising but very apt comparison. American Beauty would be a fine double bill with this. But, if you have not seen any other Korean films you should give some a try. I saw this as part of a festival with JSA (Joint Security Area), The Isle and some others, but those two were very good and would also be good for a double bill. A little farther afield might be Tsai Ming Liang's the HOLE, or even farther, (and certainly not for the fainthearted) Go Go Second Time Virgin by Kosi Wakamatsu. Both intense looks at life in barren modern times and barren apartment complexes.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

19 February 2000 (South Korea) See more »

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$44,767
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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