Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »
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...
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »
At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking ... See full summary »
Two Korean ex-pats meet in Paris by chance encounter. One a petty thief and wannabe artist/painter (Chong-Hae), the other a tough guy (Hong San). Hong San saves Chong-Hae from a gang of ... See full summary »
Have you ever seen Kutashta? - the circle with the star inside? Isn't Ariran the same Mysterious pass? Dear Kim Ki Duk, from all of yours movies I could NEVER clearly realize if you are aware of the existence of Kutashta or you just described it intuitively. Kutashta (Ariran) is more real than our so called "material" world. Through this mysterious pass which is very subtle and seems to be in other dimension life and death come and go. Spirit (male) and soul (female) reunite. Breath and Qi reunite. I believe that is the original symbolism in the Ariran song - the boy and the girl are separated as the mind and the spirit in the human being. They need to be reunited - that is the main goal of all valid sacred doctrines - DAO, Buddhism,Christianity, etc. When somebody is able to pass through this tiny canal he/she attain immortality (enlightenment, Buddhahood, apotheosis), which is the final goal of the human existence.
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