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Address Unknown (2001)

Suchwiin bulmyeong (original title)
Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »

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Ki-duk Kim

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Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-kun Yang ... Chang-guk
Min-jung Ban ... Eunok
Young-min Kim Young-min Kim ... Jihum
Eun-jin Pang Eun-jin Pang ... Chang-guk's Mom (as Eun-jin Bang)
Gye-nam Myeong Gye-nam Myeong ... Jihum's father
In-ok Lee In-ok Lee ... Eun-ok's mother
Jae-Hyun Cho ... Dog Eyes (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yeong-im Kim Yeong-im Kim
Namhee Kwon Namhee Kwon ... Female Store Owner
Mitch Malem Mitch Malem
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Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea became the first war zone of the Cold War. The legacy of war remains today in this divided country. Three forlorn teenagers, Chank-guk, Jihum and Eunok are figures in the landscape of this story, which highlights the global implications of a very Korean reality. None of them is able to escape the withering pull of tragedy. All desperate pleas for love and redemption are returned stamped in red with

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Rated R for violence, language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

2 June 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Domicilio desconocido See more »

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can you say "bleak"
8 June 2005 | by dmuelSee all my reviews

The movie centers on the lives of rundown rural community of South Koreans who happen to live proximate to a U.S. military base. The lives and stories of several citizens intertwine in this bleak and gritty flick. There is a Korean woman and her half-black son, the product of a relationship with a G.I. Another local makes a living collecting and killing dogs he sells for food. A young girl lives a detached life but develops a friendship with an introverted friend who dotes on her, when he's not being beaten and bullied by local toughs. There are more characters in this tale, but most all of them have somehow been adversely affected by the omnipresent US soldiers who drift, comically at times, in and out of their existence. And, the movie overflows with brutality, mostly of Koreans against each other. At some point, most assuredly near the end of the film, the tragedy is so overwhelming it becomes lugubrious. How many bad things can happen to a small community? In this movie there is no end to it, and one wonders what is the point.


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