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Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Flandersui gae (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 February 2000 (South Korea)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sung-Jae Lee ... Yun-ju
Doona Bae ... Hyun-nam
Ho-jung Kim Ho-jung Kim ... Eun-sil
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Janitor (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Su-hee Go Su-hee Go ... Jang-mi (Hyun-nam's friend)
Roe-ha Kim ... Shadow Man
Gin-goo Kim Gin-goo Kim ... Granny
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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Storyline

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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

19 February 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Barking Dogs Never Bite See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,767
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Made for around 950 million won (around $800,000/£500,000), Bong Joon Ho was hoping the film would break-even at the box-office, however only around 100,000 viewers nationwide in South Korea saw the film, concluding Bong to note that; "It was a total flop at the box office." See more »

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most notably the movie is different.
14 January 2006 | by vze32kxaSee all my reviews

The movie never has a real climax nor is it set up to have one. The most redeeming quality is its passivity. Such a comment may not seem like flattery, but hear me out. The movie very accurately captures the mundaneness that is life and the ever so rare mishaps that disrupt it. If drama is life with the boring parts cut out then this movie manages to successfully cut nothing out. I suppose that is the beauty of the movie: nothing ever seems contrived or pieced together. There are no real villains in this movie nor is it designed for the audience to choose sides. The movie is therefore flat, but in this case that is a good thing because it is different. As far as the comedy goes, on about three or four jokes I genuinely laughed at. Again, they are lines one might hear in real life discourse. Ultimately I got a sense of sincerity out of the movie, and for that it is worth a viewing.


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