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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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Drama

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gymnopédies - La 1 Ere. Lent et Douloureux
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Perfect depiction of Korean realities.
19 July 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

To say that Kim Ki Duk is a great director would be a major artistic blunder as well as an understatement which might put a veil on his talent.The best tribute that can be paid to the new master of South Korean cinema Kim Ki Duk is to say that he is one of the most informed directors working in the realm of contemporary world cinema.Just to give a few examples:whether it is mention of the paintings by Egon Schiele or the description about an ancient Indian prostitute called Vasumitra who lived during the time of Buddha.These are some of the details (may be minor to some people)whose inclusion happens under the proper care of Kim Ki Duk."Samaria" is about the scourge of teenage prostitution which is inflicting umpteen emotional wounds in the lives of Korean families. As this is a taboo topic the reaction of Korean audience has not been very favorable.Most of the positive reactions have come from western audiences who have a mature thinking as far as their handling is concerned.Although there is good acting by the two leading ladies,it is the role played by the cop father of one of them who grabs all the attention.Samaria is not a moral story but a tale of human responsibility. Its message is loud and clear : do not do to others what you do not wish to happen for yourself.


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