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Shi gan (2006)

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-woo Ha ... Ji-woo
Ji-Yeon Park Ji-Yeon Park ... Seh-hee - before plastic surgery
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun-yeong Jang Jun-yeong Jang
Gyu-Woon Jung Gyu-Woon Jung
Ji-heon Kim Ji-heon Kim
Seong-min Kim Seong-min Kim ... Plastic Surgeon (as Seung-min Kim)
Suh Won Oh Suh Won Oh ... Lover
Kiki Sugino Kiki Sugino ... (as Yeong-hwa Seo)
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Storyline

Seh-hee and Ji-woo have dated for two years; jealousy consumes her. She worries he will tire of her face. Then, she disappears. Telling no one, she goes to a plastic surgeon for a new face. Ji-woo has no idea where she is, although when he does respond to other women, someone unseen intervenes. Then, he meets See-hee, and although he tells her he misses Seh-hee, this new relationship blossoms into love. They talk at the same coffee house, visit the same sculpture park, and pose for the same photographs he did with Seh-hee. We know they are the same woman. Has this new face and renewed love made her happy? And what will Ji-woo do when he learns the truth? Is losing face losing self? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 August 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Time See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,630, 13 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,742, 29 July 2007
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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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Trivia

The film Ji-woo edits is "3 Iron", an actual film directed by Ki-Kim duk. See more »

Quotes

Ji-woo: [Having been rudely awakened] Did... did you just slap me? Why did you do that?
See-hee: Because I love you.
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Days Of Wine And Roses
Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
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Unpolished brilliance

Adventurous Korean director Ki-Duk Kim has gotten a bad rap for his so-called idiosyncratic film-making, which he delivers with an impeccable visual sense, a twisted sense of humor, and provocative allegory to spare. His fast paced productions and edgy material create films that are rather unique works of filmic art that are clearly not to most people's taste. It seems that many of his harshest critics are surveying the trees and not the forest in his work, which misses the point.

His 2006 film "Time" is another journey into the human psyche. This time with the story of a young couple whose overall unstable relationship replete with jealousy issues and frequent quarreling drive the woman to resort to drastic measures. She abruptly disappears from the man's life and has plastic surgery to change her entire appearance. As the days and months go by the young man loses hope that his beloved will return to him.

This dark romantic, pseudo-science fiction, tale is at times captivating and unsettling and certain to be a satisfying date movie for intellectuals. It has plenty to say about the urge to change the one you love, the obsessive nature of passion, and the culture of youth and beauty. This is one great, great film!


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