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Seven days of adventure in an apartment building. A quiet middle-class apartment is the scene. Yoon Ju is a college lecturer with plenty of time on his hands. He gets annoyed at the sound of barking and tries to find out where it's coming from. By coincidence, he discovers a dog in front of his neighbor's door. He feels instinctively that it was the culprit and kidnaps the dog to lock it in the basement. On another front, Hyun Nam, a secretary in the apartment superintendent's office, is bored to tears with her uneventful life. The same day, she is passing the time with a crossword puzzle when a little girl comes in with a notice for a lost dog. Hyun Nam, suddenly animated, starts putting up notices all over the neighborhood without being asked. However, more and more dogs start disappearing. Then one day, Hyun Nam gets a pair of binoculars from her friend at a local store. She goes up on the apartment roof and witnesses a man killing a dog on the rooftop across from her. Edit Translation

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No animals were killed in the making of this movie.

Advertised as a psychological drama, where the absurdity of the male lead's kidnapping of the dog sets an uneasy dark comedic stage for the audience. There is more to this film than just that misleading tag and description. It's no wonder this film finds fans, or criticism. Rarely, anything in between. Watching it can be unsettling. The reality being, it is more of a low key and subtle horror film.

The director & screen writer Bong Joon Ho has set the watcher up for a deeper experience than presumed. Every conversation and visual in this film is not wasted. Each moment is calculated to take the characters and audience one step closer to heaven, or hell. The ending is poignant, proving the karma earned was real. Do I recommend it? Yes. Be advised - Watch it with the horror tag in mind, it could help in your enjoyment of this film.

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"Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking." -Unknown

I absolutely loved Parasite so the next step for me was to go to the start of Bong Joon-ho's filmography. While I can't say that 'Flandersui Gae' is as clear and polished of a gem as Parasite, it definitely feels like a spiritual precursor- not least because of the dark humor, tonal shifts and class/poverty centred themes. Seeing the basement dwelling hobo, privileged little dogs and fumigation, I wondered whether director Bong was conscientiously building on this film as he shot his Palme D'or/ Academy Award winning flick almost twenty years later.

For a film that depicts taboo practices, 'Flandersui Gae' is surprisingly charming and droll, and while it takes pleasure in dispensing of its small and fluffy friends it makes sure to make you feel guilty for feeling the same way afterwards. The notion that actions have consequences, while not a central idea, is something that is dwelled upon.
While focusing on an unemployed lecturer and a bored book-keeper, it expands to capture the lives of those living in the central apartment complex. With the exception of the hobo, none of them are desperately poor. They can afford to buy groceries, to get drunk out of their minds, to keep pets despite the apartment's rules. But they are effectively prisoners of their mediocre social situations, sentenced indefinitely to a boring future. They seem to represent a demographic of Korean society that has hit a dead end in life- a dead end that can only be broken through via a pipe dream or moral transgression. Their aimlessness, opportunism and crushed hope are depicted empathetically by director Bong. After all, he had once stood in their shoes, having lived in that same apartment complex prior to directing. Considering this, I personally think that Yun-Ju is driven to murderous intent because the incessant barking reminds him of his mediocre standing in life. Its as if the pampered dogs are taunting the laid-off academic who, even within his prison of an apartment, is emasculated and controlled by his demanding wife. While he and Hyun-nam have dreams of their own, these aspirations are silenced by their social situations. Only at the film's end, when he resorts to bribery and she is fired from her job, do they catch a break from their servitude.

'Flandersui Gae' is one of those films that is more on the implicit side, a given due to a number of dialogue-absent scenes and some slightly overlong tangents. Nonetheless, it is intriguing and thought-provoking, and I think that it will get even better on a second watch. The performances are naturalistic and the jazzy soundtrack is low-key but pleasant. If you liked Parasite I would strongly advise you to check this out.

Fun fact, the Korean title denotes this film in part as a satirical reaction to the English children's tragedy 'A dog of Flanders'. For some perverse reason, this story is intensely popular in Korea and Japan (especially amongst kids), where it has spawned numerous adaptations. While this story affirms that dogs are indeed man's best friend, director Bong evidently thinks otherwise.

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  • Movie: Barking Dogs Never Bite
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2000
  • Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 387 users)
  • Ranked: #8574
  • Popularity: #9071
  • Watchers: 838

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