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Samaritan Girl (2004)

Samaria (original title)
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

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Ki-duk Kim

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Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eol Lee Eol Lee ... Yeong-ki
Ji-min Kwak Ji-min Kwak ... Yeo-jin
Yeo-reum Han Yeo-reum Han ... Jae-yeong (as Min-jeong Seo)
Hyun-min Kwon Hyun-min Kwon ... Salesman
Yong Oh Yong Oh ... Musician
Gyun-Ho Im Gyun-Ho Im ... Tidily Guy
Yun-su Jeong Yun-su Jeong
Jong-gil Lee Jong-gil Lee ... Happy Guy
Taek-gi Sin Taek-gi Sin ... Suicide
Jung-gi Park Jung-gi Park ... Murder Victim
Gul-seon Kim Gul-seon Kim ... Second Salesman
Seung-won Seo Seung-won Seo ... Man in his 30s
Jae-ik Yu Jae-ik Yu ... Pedestrian
Soo-Jeong Lee Soo-Jeong Lee
In-gi Jeong ... Ki-Su
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Storyline

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young falls in love with one of those man she suppresses her feelings towards him in respect of her friend who's jealous. One Day Yeo-Jin fails in doing her job overlooking police officers looking for under-aged prostitutes. In order to not get caught Jae-Young jumps out of a window almost killing herself. On her deathbed, she wishes to see the man again whom she fell in love with and turned away from. But the man only agrees if Yeo-Jin sleeps with him. She does but as they arrive in the hospital Jae-Young is already dead. Trying to understand her best friend, Yeo-Jin tracks down every man she slept with and does the same. As her father learns about this he gets on revenge with fatal consequences... Written by Seth

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 March 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Samaritan Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$328,161
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Production Co:

Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the car is stuck on the down-hill dirt road, the angle of the front wheels changes between shots. See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in E minor
(Op.28 No.4)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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'Samaritan Girl' will leave you restless.
3 June 2016 | by strfrankSee all my reviews

Addressing a variety of themes such as underaged prostitution, grief and mourning, resulting in a series of bad decisions that are devoid of sanity, but full of emotion.

Although prostitution is illegalized in Korea, it is still a national phenomenon. Many young women resort to sell their bodies to cover for tuition costs and the demands of an exceptionally materialistic society.

Kim Ki-Duk cleverly explores the issue by adding a morality check, introducing religious motives from Buddhist and Christian beliefs in the dialogue of his characters. In doing so he leaves us to speculate about the intent of an already ambiguous ending scene.

My only problems with this movie stem from its pacing, at times scenes were so drawn out that it lost my attention for a while. However it always got me back in the next scene.

If you want to see a dark and unsettling drama, give this one a shot.


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