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The Bow (2005)

Hwal (original title)
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

Writer:

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.

Genres:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,021,070
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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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Crazy Credits

Title card before end credits: "Strength and a beautiful sound like in the tautness of a bow. I want to live like this until the day I die." See more »

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Engagingly Claustrophobic
4 April 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This story is about a fisherman who lives on a somewhat dilapidated fishing boat with his beautiful "grandaughter". The film pretty much takes place solely on the boat, they are never on dry land. The old man and the girl (they are never named and utter sounds but don't speak) have a special relationship, which you learn more about as the movie chugs along. The girl, who in the film is 16, is played by Yeo-reum Han who, when she smiles, is extremely beautiful. Its no wonder the few other characters, all men who pay to fish on the boat, are drawn to her. The film is good as a minimalist piece. That also means, of course, its also a little slow. I was somewhat intrigued, and the film is brave for being so focused in one place. As you see from the 7 rating, its not a great film. If you don't like minimalist films, do not watch this. I have never seen Yeo-reum Han in a film before, so I'll need to see her to see whether she is a very good actress. She is good here, as is the old man, played by Seong-hwang Jeon. You won't love it, but it will keep your interest.


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