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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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The flowers in the vase when the father is waking her in bed. See more »

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Gymnopédies - La 1 Ere. Lent et Douloureux
Written by Erik Satie
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Brilliant and frustrating at an equal measure.
30 October 2004 | by gtzamSee all my reviews

This is undeniably a work of considerable formal rigor. Director Kim Ki-Duk uses deceptively simple but tellingly precise visual compositions to narrate his seemingly simple tale of loss of innocence, guilt and redemption. Initially everything seems transparent and self-evident in the story until intangible elements slowly seep into the structure causing ambiguity and bringing emotional turmoil that remains mostly subdued. The main plot premise, however, might seem a bit exaggerated or overblown to someone who cannot easily accept the depicted motivations for the actions of the two main characters (the girl and its father), especially considering the scarcity of social or psychological signifiers. Consequently, the movie works better on a symbolic than dramatic level, as its wonderfully concise final scene demonstrates. A must see.


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