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  • Movie: The Bow
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: May 12, 2005
  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 247 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #5420
  • Watchers: 418

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A sixty and something year old captain has been raising for ten years a girl since she was six in his old fishing vessel that is permanently anchored offshore with the intention of marrying her on her seventeenth birthday. He survives bringing fishermen to fish in the vessel and predicting the future using his bow and shooting arrows in a Buddhist painting on the hull of the vessel while the girl moves back and forth in a swing. He also uses the bow and arrows to protect the girl against sexual assault of the fishermen. They live happily until the day that a teenage student comes to the ship and the girl feels attracted for him. When the teenager discovers that the girl was abducted when she was six and does not know the world, he returns to the vessel to bring the girl back to her parents. Add Synopsis In Portuguese

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 12, 2005
  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 247 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #5420
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Lily
1 people found this review helpful
Jun 10, 2017
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Overall 8.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
I would not be lying when I say that after finishing this movie, I needed a three hour nap to recover from it. The Bow is another great masterpiece from Kim Ki Duk that I would truly recommend, that is, if you can find where to watch it.

Let’s talk about atmosphere because I believe one thing Kim excels in is creating a memorable atmosphere. It’s a quiet and stifling one here, as the Girl and the Old Man live their lives on a boat in the middle of the sea. This tranquil silence is only interrupted by the fishermen who rent it out and bring some life to both the movie and the characters. Just as us, the viewers, these strangers try to interrupt the two’s life and constantly question the relationship between the two. Ultimately, their life changes due to one of these interruptions.

For me, this movie was also a sort of coming-of-age of a sheltered girl. Though we do not know the details of her upbringing, we know she is sheltered and kept from the world (literally), not having the opportunity to mature or progress. That is, until she experiences her first love and shows the viewer how much of a teenager she is. Until the end, it’s a very organic and understandable maturing, despite the ending being rather…mysterious.

Lastly, I have to mention the music – what a score. Quiet, haunting, and beautiful, the score for this movie makes it all the more captivating. Building up the atmosphere of traditions versus the modern (if you can count mp3 players modern, anyway), it’s a score that will captivate you.

This movie ends ambiguously, leaving the viewer to form their own meaning and thoughts. It’s a sort of quiet ending, as is the rest of the movie, but one that will most likely stick with you for a while.

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Senpai
1 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2017
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
The film is a metaphor for the life of a person who seeks spiritual liberation, it pays to pay close attention because in the end the protagonist overcomes his ego and unites his soul with God (Atman) The old is the ego. The girl is the soul. The ocean is the world. The boat is the physical body. The guests who come fishing are the thoughts. The arc is consciousness. The young is the supreme self, Atman. The act of shooting the bow arrow is the act of meditation, an act where consciousness is perfected, united, and becomes an unstoppable power ...
Because it is so complex, it may be difficult to analyze or like it, but when you understand it, it's still a good movie, cinematography is beautiful, deep history, superficial soundtrack and great acting, a good movie to be thought of.

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