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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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Details

Country:

Japan | South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 August 2006 (South Korea) 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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Connections

References Yasaeng dongmul bohoguyeog (1997) See more »

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Days Of Wine And Roses
Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
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Enjoyable
21 October 2007 | by solstice-6See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. I think that reviewers who claim it had nothing more to say than "plastic surgery is bad" are really refusing to dig critically into the themes of the film. It is about identity; it is about jealousy and fear; it is about vanity. These aren't exactly "easy" themes, and while I do think that the insanity of the heroine do make it difficult to relate to at times, the film had a lot to say that is applicable to all of us.. not just jealous nuts. That being said, I definitely viewed the film as a fable (especially because of the last scene). In some ways it reminded me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with this weird sense of starting with a clean slate.

The idea of not being able to recognize a past lover is extremely disturbing to me personally, and so I might have allowed myself to get taken in by this film more than some people would. Even so, I think that the film was executed very well and deserves high marks.


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