Another film by Kim Ki Duk, another hard jab at gut. It's the dark side of the moon named South Korea, a minute of it is enough to blow the 'flower boy' bubble.
The movie is about Kang Do, a brutal being works for the loan sharks and a middle aged woman claim to be his mother. Most of the movie takes place in Myeongdong district in Seul, the poorest one. Apparently read moreif you expect a korean to film outside Gangnam, it's mainly Kim Ki duk or, Park Chan Wok. The movie itself a painful journey, a journey you are glad that you take and you wont take again. Don't take me wrong, i love everything about the movie, from Michelangelo inspired poster to grusome mutilation, but I am quite sure I wont re watch it.
There's nothing much to say about it anyway. It is the first Korean film to win the top prize at three major international film festivals — Venice, Cannes and Berlin. If it suits your taste watch it, if don't, stay the heck away from it.
This is one of the best works of cult director Kim Ki-duk. The evolution of the characters, and how human cruelty can be understood through forgiveness, revenge, or a sense of shame and guilt for those who suffer. A cinematic masterpiece!
korea has definately a voice in coniemporary cinema, but im not sure this is their best example. From the conception to the actually finished article alot was lost. the idea was great though, but the execution too crude and attempting to shock at every corner. restraint was needed.
I came across this movie in the newspaper where they said that it won the Golden Lion for the best film in the 69th Venice Film Festival. Though after reading the synopsis and some other comments, it doesn't really feel like my type of movie, I'll still give it a go.
One of the most disturbing movies I've seen. It's shot to look very realistic, while the events are like something you hope never happen in real life. If you like the movie or want more of the crazy movies like that, watch Bad Guy, the movie by the same director.
The craziest movie I've ever seen. I laughed so much because it was so ridiculous.. one freaky scene after another.. you were constantly thinking "what the hell did i just watch". I wouldn't watch it again though..