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1/3 (One Third)

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Based upon Dante's Inferno, 1/3 is a timeless fable of redemption, a gritty, streetwise contemporary thriller, and a poetic meditation on urban alienation. In his feature debut, director and co-writer Yong-man Kim ("Mr. Kim" of New York City's Kim's Video chain - the legendary and influential counter-culture cinema resource acknowledged by Quentin Tarantino in "Kill Bill") shows a masterful ability to poetically detail the private lives of city-dwelling loners while mapping the spiritual abyss of the human soul. Within the cloister of a Lower East Side tenement apartment, Chris, a young Buddhist monk, lives an intentionally solitary and ascetic life. By day, Chris makes a meager living sketching charcoal portraits for tourists in Washington Square Park. By night, he cleanses himself of physical and emotional needs through routine, self- denial, and meditation. But when the monk accidentally discovers that he can see into his pretty high school student neighbor's apartment, he gets an unblinking view of un-fulfillable human desire at its most perverse. Lotusia, the object of his attention, is not the innocent she appears to be. Night after night, she works as a teen prostitute and numbly endures obscene physical cruelty and sexual humiliation at the hands of her clients. With Chris as her sole witness, Lotusia's degradations grow more intense and her efforts to free herself from a lifelong chain of cruelty grow increasingly desperate. As Chris' fascination threatens to become obsession, the young monk crosses the boundaries of his own personal purgatory to confront and experience the pain that presages wisdom.

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  • Actors: Diana Gitelman, Ivo Velon, Nick Raio, Eric Richardson, Michael J. Burg
  • Directors: Yong-man Kim
  • Writers: Yong-man Kim, Edward Moran
  • Producers: Yong-man Kim, James Blom, Laura Demitriess, Marcia T. Mohiuddin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRR98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1/3 (One Third)" on IMDb

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brendan M. Howard on June 10, 2007
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Without talking, a prostitute and a Buddhist monk interact passively. Beautiful Lotusia discovers a hole in her wall to his room, but never interacts directly. Ascetic monk Chris finds the hole and can't bring himself to turn away from his view into one young woman's hell. This is supposed to be based on Dante's Inferno. But is Chris Dante? Is the monk the calm, distant observer of the suffering of the street punks, perverts, and prostitutes around him? Or is he in the Inferno, perhaps purgatory, where he observes the horrors, knows of the horrors, but is not experiencing the horrors.

The Buddhist monk is to cut the chains from life so he can achieve nirvana and enlightenment here on earth and elsewhere, breaking from the karmic circle. But Chris' observation of Lotusia's sexual acting out and suffering becomes subjective and empathetic. While he doesn't say he wants to save her from herself, the plot drives us there with him as he seems to come to that sudden enlightenment of intense compassion for others driven by worry about their mortal well-being. That isn't very enlightened, perhaps, but it is surely of the Buddha, who stayed behind after achieving Nirvana because he said when any one being has not achieved enlightenment, it is as if no one has.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Artemis Furie on June 7, 2007
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1/3" is a wondrously disturbing visual poem about the intersection of two worlds, one of peace, one of violence. The protagonist is a Buddhist monk (Ivo Velon) artist living in the East Village whose day and night are bounded by rituals that create the maximum state of blissful detachment. His antagonist is the prostitute, Lotusia (Diana Gitelman) who lives next door and whose johns are an array of urban archetypes - the detective, the policeman, the photographer, the grocer, and the homeless punk. The Monk sketches Lotusia surreptiously as she passes his easel daily in Washington Square Park. Their worlds are so separate they may as well be living on different planets. Yet her life begins to intrude on his when he literally pierces the material divide between them. With all his monastic reserve, he takes to voyeurism quite avidly. But he is soon shaking and sobbing at multiple and repetitive scenes of her BDSM scenarios with customers which the filmmaker traces in b&w flashbacks to Lotusia's abusive cop mother and victimized Dad. In spite of this, The Monk maintains his detachment until the very last frame. Their final collision is quite random and delivered with a fatalistic punch. The entire film is acted with no dialogue. The closing credits roll with an excellent original song "See What I Told You."

Screenplay by Yongman Kim and Ed Moran. Directed by Youngman Kim. With Ivo Velon and Diane Gitelmam. Distributed by Kino International. Original Music by Dominick Mack and Ed Moran.
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