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Violent thug Crocodile lives under a bridge by the Han River in Seoul together with a peddling boy and a homeless old man. Crocodile saves a beautiful young woman Hyun-Jung from suicide by drowning, but only to use her for sex. Yet, for some reason the woman, betrayed by her lover, stays with Crocodile, and a peculiar family-like friendship forms between the four homeless people. Crocodile gets in ever deeper trouble because of his mindlessly violent temper, and eventually Hyun-Jung decides to attempt suicide again.Written by
South Korean master director Kim Ki Duk makes a great début film which would be remembered for unusual sympathy for underdogs
It is a pity that not many people have seen or even heard of South Korean film "Ag-O"/"The Crocodile" which was directed in 1996 by a freshman named Kim Ki Duk who got trained in France as a painter.This is a wonderful piece of cinema from a person who did not know much about cinema.All viewers desirous of taking a critical look at Kim Ki Duk's cinematographic career by watching "The Crocodile" would be aptly rewarded as this first film has all the characteristics with which his films have been identified both by critics as well as astute viewers.We get to see violence in South Korean society especially in the backdrop of male/female relationships.In "Ag-O", Kim Ki Duk's vision as a contemplative painter is also evident in many scenes which are easy to draw but almost impossible to direct.Many of these scenes happen in water which occupy a special status in Kim Ki Duk's films.By making "The Crocodile",Kim Ki Duk has revealed that he is a genius as all his films are about oddball characters who deserve love and respect despite all their perceptible misgivings.This is something which the lead character appropriately titled "The Crocodile" played by Cho Jae Hyun portrays all along the film.
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