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The Net (2016)

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A North Korean fisherman breaks his boat engine by accident and drifts down to South Korea. After enduring brutal investigations in the South, he eventually gets sent back to North Korea.


Ki-duk Kim


Ki-duk Kim
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Credited cast:
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Nam Chul-woo
Won-geun Lee Won-geun Lee ... Oh Jin-woo (as Lee Won Gun)
Young-min Kim ... Inspector
Gwi-hwa Choi ... (as Guyhwa Choi)
Min-seok Son Min-seok Son
Ha-dam Jeong Ha-dam Jeong ... Jin-Dal-Rae
Hyun-Ah Sung Hyun-Ah Sung ... Consultant
Ji-il Park Ji-il Park ... K-CIA officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min-Young An Min-Young An ... Sundae restaurant owner
Na-ra Lee ... Cheol Woo's wife (as Eun-woo Lee)
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Caught in a net, woven by both blind bureaucracy and goodwill
24 December 2016 | by humanomeSee all my reviews

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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