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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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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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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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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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When the father teaches the daughter to drive the car, the sound equipment (front window) and the crew (side window) are reflected in the windows of the car. See more »

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Gymnopédies - La 1 Ere. Lent et Douloureux
Written by Erik Satie
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Ki-Duk is getting very close to becoming my favorite director
26 March 2005 | by Boris-57See all my reviews

This is my fourth film by Ki-Duk Kim (after Spring, Summer... / The Isle / 3-Iron), and he scores one minus (The Isle, despite stunning cinematography), one very good (Spring), and two absolutely magnificent. Despite the fact that I liked 3-Iron just a bit better because of the more straightforward story and consistent way of story telling, Samaria comes very close.

I'm not going to spoil things for you, but I'd just point out that this is yet another highly symbolic film, so much in fact, that this second (symbolic) level is probably more easily understood than the basic story. Not that it's complicated, it's just that story and meaning are not as closely interwoven as in 3-Iron, where the overlap between the two made possible an ambiguous reality that led to sublimation. Here, it takes a while for the two levels to touch.

The feeling following 3-Iron was that of reaching an asymptote - only the infinite was beyond. In Samaria, you feel like some serious stuff happened but what's done is done and the road lies open. We're at a starting point, which is not quite zero but feels like it. Well now, you can hardly call that a spoiler 'cause I hardly understand it myself. But you'll see what I mean after seeing it.

The story, which seems to start out as something different that what it turns out to be, must be one of the most poignant symbolic depictions of the point at which a parent has to let his/her kid go and realise he/she's not needed anymore - or not like before. Also, silence, without being as overwhelming as in 3-Iron, plays an important role. In 3-Iron, good stuff happened because of silence; here, a lot of not so good things happen because of it, but some good things can happen in spite of silence. The ending can be very sad or neutral or have the potential for hope, if you choose my story interpretation. But who am I?

What? Still reading this? - off you go to the video store. Chop chop!

Note: does anyone realise just how brilliant Kim Ki-Duk is when shooting indoor scenes?! Framing, camera movement, light - you name it - sheer perfection.


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