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Breath (2007)

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A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chen Chang ... Jang Jin
In-Hyeong Gang In-Hyeong Gang ... Young Cellmate
Jung-woo Ha ... Husband
Ki-duk Kim
Ji-a Park Ji-a Park ... Yeon
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A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".

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Taglines:

Love Can Take Your Breath Away

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Drama

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 April 2007 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Aliento See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW370,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$652,321
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The license plate number of the couple's car is 5795. Jang Jin's prison number is 5796. See more »

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Daring and Brilliant
8 May 2011 | by clg238See all my reviews

In the old silent movies, captions were needed even as the actors did their best to convey emotions, often (by today's standards) way overdoing it. The actors in "Breath" skillfully convey practically all we need to know about what is going on in their internal lives, without dialogue. There is, in fact dialogue--not a lot, just exactly enough. This is a daring and brilliant film, and, sorry to say, one that doesn't seem to appeal to many people. I find the film quite transparent, but reviewers seem stymied by the odd situation (a woman in a broken marriage goes to visit a stranger on death row to offer him comfort). What is so difficult about this? She feels as if she is dying so she reaches out to someone else who is dying, even before his sentence is carried out. DUH. How she reaches out is quirky; not for a moment did my attention flag. The relationship motif is enhanced by what transpires in the prison cell of the condemned man, which he shares with three other men, one of whom is in love with him. This is not a film for those who want everything laid out for them so that they don't have to participate in elucidating the meaning. However, for those who are willing to put together the few pieces of the puzzle in this spare and gorgeous film, the effort will be rewarding. I found the film deeply touching, painful, beautiful, and haunting.


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