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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 »


Kim Ki-duk


Kim Ki-duk
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Did You Know?


At the time of the film's release, the actress who plays Yeo Jin, Kwak Ji-Min, was still a minor and in high school. Since the film's movie poster is a half-naked photo of Ji-Min, the film director did not want to hurt her chances of getting into college. This half-naked movie poster version was not released publicly until after Ji-Min graduated high school. See more »


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


Prelude in E minor
(Op.28 No.4)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Strange, slightly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort
14 December 2005 | by bastard_wisherSee all my reviews

Ultimately I liked this a lot, although it was very strange. It went through at least three completely different, distinct tones and styles over the course of the film. At first it played like a slightly skewed, but still rather melodramatic, teen drama, almost like one of those Korean soap operas. Very different from my previous exposure to Kim Ki-Duk. Then it started to become a violent revenge story, like something Chan Wook-Park would do. Still sort of more conventional than other Kim Ki-Duk though, not at all minimalistic or slow. The beginning part was actually somewhat contrived, not like an "art" film at all, in any sense of the word. But then, in it's last third, the film becomes an abstract road movie, much more in the style i've previously associated with Kin Ki-Duk. I certainly can't say that this is a consistent film, and the pacing was obviously rather uneven given the gradual transition from borderline-conventional melodrama into minimalistic, impressionistic art film, but overall there was something about it that I liked a lot. Through all the muddledness, i can tell that Kim Ki-Duk is an interesting filmmaker. There's obviously something going on in his films worth taking note of.

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Release Date:

5 March 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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