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Shi (2010)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 February 2011 (USA)
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Shi is a movie starring Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, and Hee-ra Kim. A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

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Credited cast:
... Mija
... Jongwook
Hee-ra Kim ... M. Kang
... Kibum's father
Myung-shin Park ... Heejin's mother
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A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

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KRW 1,300,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,900, 13 February 2011, Limited Release

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$355,044, 14 August 2011
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The idea for the film had its origin in a real-life case where a small town schoolgirl had been raped by a gang of teenage boys. When director Chang-dong Lee heard about the incident, it made an impact on him, although he hadn't been interested in basing a film on the actual events. Later, during a visit in Japan, Lee saw a television program in his hotel room. The program was edited entirely from relaxing shots of nature, "a peaceful river, birds flying, fishermen on the sea ? with soft new-age music in the background," and a vision for a possible feature film started to form. "Suddenly, it reminded me of that horrible incident, and the word 'poetry' and the image of a 60-year old woman came up in my mind. See more »

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Ambitious Yet Subtle
31 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Excellent film that fits in with familiar themes for the director, concerning an individual largely overwhelmed by changing cultural values and socioeconomic demands - yet acting quietly but with clear intent to create a meaningful space. Yun Jeong-hie, emerging from retirement for this role, is stately by means of presenting an understated and seemingly unremarkable facade. Never pandering, and only expressing specific emotions in credible forms for the character.

Poet Kim Yong-taek serves a sort of explicatory role without the usually awful trappings, spurring and drawing out Mi-ja's motivations and internal struggle in a logical context of poetry without pretense or contrivance. Her natural capacity for empathy and the difficulty of maintaining that perspective in a world of deeply cynical pragmatists provides deeply personal conflict, and it is much more meaningful for that ambitious subtlety.


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