Namchulwoo is a poor fisherman living a simple but happy life with his wife and daughter on the north side of a river that divide s the two Korea's. Every day he goes fishing on the river,where the check point soldiers know him well and trust him not to cross the invisible border in the water.but one day his fishing net gets caught in the boat engine,and Nam cannot stop him self from drifting into the south.
Caught in a net, woven by both blind bureaucracy and goodwill
This new film by Ki-Duk Kim, one of the most renowned director/writer in Korea, deals an old motif of divided nations again (after "The Coast Guard" in 2002). As the title implies, Kim sees the South-North division as a big net. A fisherman (Chul-Woo Nam by Seung-Bum Ryoo) was caught in the net, by a probable series of accidents. In both South and North, Chul-Woo is suspected as a spy by bureaucratic or corrupted investigators. One believes in freedom, the other in anti-capitalism. But it soon turns out that they are only the weft and warp of the same big net, from which Chul-Woo is so desperate to escape. The real tragedy of this net lies in that even the kindness inevitably takes part in it, for Chul-Woo whose only ambition is to keep and meet his family. Chul-Woo is a stunning symbol of a way broader types of "net" and "fishes", the political and social distortions in the North and in the South as well. Ryoo's acting was superb. Not very easy a movie to see as other Kim's movies (at least less graphic, though), but another great visualization/symbolization as other Kim's works.
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