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Hwal (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 2005 (South Korea)
On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...

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Ki-duk Kim

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Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yeo-reum Han Yeo-reum Han ... The young girl (as Han Yeo-reum)
Ji-Seok Seo Ji-Seok Seo ... The student
Gook-hwan Jeon ... The student's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seong-hwan Jeon Seong-hwan Jeon ... Old Man (no name) (as Seong-hwang Jeon)
Seok-hyeon Jo Seok-hyeon Jo ... Third Man
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Storyline

A sixty and something year old captain has been raising for ten years a girl since she was six in his old fishing vessel that is permanently anchored offshore with the intention of marrying her on her seventeenth birthday. He survives bringing fishermen to fish in the vessel and predicting the future using his bow and shooting arrows in a Buddhist painting on the hull of the vessel while the girl moves back and forth in a swing. He also uses the bow and arrows to protect the girl against sexual assault of the fishermen. They live happily until the day that a teenage student comes to the ship and the girl feels attracted to him. When the teenager discovers that the girl was abducted when she was six and does not know the world, he returns to the vessel to bring the girl back to her parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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fishing | boat | swing | sea | old man | See All (17) »

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A girl who thought the sea was the whole world became the whole world to one old man.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

TFM [France]

Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

12 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bow See more »

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Happinet, Kim Ki-Duk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Haunting
24 July 2013 | by azsaraSee all my reviews

Turn the lights off, sit back and prepare for a climax of the senses.

What you are about to experience is both visually and aurally exquisite. Nothing short of a manifestation of pure emotion.

Yeo-reum Han is breathtaking in her role as a beautiful 16 year old child, bound to a boat in the middle of an ocean with her companion, 60 year old Seong-hwang Jeon. An elderly fisherman, he cares for her every need, feeds her, bathes her, and sleeps above her in an old bunk bed, desperately clutching for her hand in the middle of the night.

You will begin this film as a spectator, and you'll leave the film with a small part of your soul and heart invested in this masterpiece. Ki-duk Kim teaches us what pure love looks and sounds like, and its a realisation that will haunt you for years to come.


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