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301/302: A Film By Chul-Soo Park (1996)

Eun-jin Pang , Sin-Hye Hwang , Cheol-su Park  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Eun-jin Pang, Sin-Hye Hwang, Chu-Ryun Kim
  • Directors: Cheol-su Park
  • Writers: Suh-Goon Lee
  • Producers: Cheol-su Park, Yong-man Kim
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9I5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "301/302: A Film By Chul-Soo Park" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

301 302 explores the mysterious disappearance of one of two young women who live across the hall from each other in a modern apartment complex in Seoul, Korea. The women, referred to by their apartment number, each share common yet dissimilar obsessions. Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival and Official Selection - Berlin International Film Festival.

Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this film was briliant. March 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It gets kind of macabre at times, but that just adds to its greatness. It's about two women in appartments 301 and 302. One of them lives for cooking and food, the other one's body refuses food of any kind. One adores sex, the other one hates it and regards it as the dirtiest thing ever; they're both obsessed. The movie starts when an officer comes to 301's door saying 302 disappeared. It has intricate psychological goodies mixed in, and the end was pure genius! It also moved me... Rent it! Then you might want to buy it. It's melancholic, but spicy, psychological and macabre!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist within a Twist - SPOILER WARNING April 22, 2005
By M
Format:VHS Tape
--- SPOILER WARNING ---

Stop reading right now if you haven't seen this movie yet. Come back and read this once you've seen it. For everyone else:

--- SPOILER WARNING ---

This movie is brilliant. I needn't go into too many specifics, but I feel it incumbent on myself to make a few brief comments here that may change your impression of this movie in case you missed something. Yes, there is a twist ending, but in my experience so far, many people only see the obvious element of this twist. At the end of the movie, you know what happens between these two women. Now, scrap that sentence and try it this way: At the end of the movie, you should know what happens with *this woman*. 301 and 302 are the same woman. The relationship between the two women is a metaphor for the internal conflict between two disparate personalities of one woman. The film is littered with clues that suggest this, but it's still never forced down our throats. It's one of the most well-hidden twists I've ever seen. We see the wall between apartments 301 and 302 get torn down near the beginning. We see 301 sporting a look that's a hybrid of 301 and 302 (short hair, no glasses) at the end (one reviewer here was so close... it's not a hole in the plot, it's a key plot element!). There are more clues. If you missed the twist within the twist, you should consider giving 301/302 another shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-conscious art & gloom January 6, 2001
By MMO
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is about two women with adjoining apartments who are both obsessed with food - one is unable to eat while the other is driven to get her neighbor to enjoy her cooking. Their opposing personalities, lifestyles, and food obsessions are rooted in dark, disturbing histories that are graphically revealed through flashbacks. The story is told as a narrative: it begins slowly with an investigation by a police inspector into disappearance of one of the women. It picks up in the middle and is carried forward along with the investigation to a final, stunning conclusion.

The imagery and characterizations are vivid although I found it too macabre for my taste. Also, the lower production quality was a little distracting, giving it a disjointed B-horror flick type feel. Although I didn't like the movie, others might enjoy and find fascinating the dark psychological elements and the shocking ending. It's definitely a movie that doesn't fade from one's memory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of touch, over the top January 26, 2009
By Jonny
Format:DVD
The plot is transparent and the characters are too extreme. Chul-soo Park clearly isn't a master at story-telling with subtlety: the characters are so over-the-top that the characters lack any connection to reality and the ending becomes obvious early on.

One woman loves to cook and watch/make others eat, the other is an anorexic/bulimic with an abhorrence for sex. Through a series of flashbacks, the disturbing causes for the personalities of each are explained. Yet through this process, all semblance of reality is lost. The characters lack complexity (aside from the twist-within-a-twist explained by another reviewer, but even this is merely cream on a cup of mud pie). They are one-sided, and there is little revealing or insightful about either the characters or the plot.

If you want a cheesy horror-style foreign flick that shows a bit of Korean culture and a glimpse of the husband & wife dynamic, 301/302 may be for you (though I suspect there better Korean films that deliver this). If you want a good twist-within-a-twist, watch Fight Club.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A steeped, thick thriller! May 12, 2006
By Shaun
Format:DVD
301/302 begins as a Coloumbo-esque detective knocks on a lovely woman's door. Why is he there? Because the woman in Apartment 301 was, presumably, the last person to see her neighbor alive. He asks several questions about who her neighbor, in Apartment 302, is and how she, "301", came to know "302". Naturally, as a new resident of the building, she doesn't really know anyone in the building at all. Naturally.

The woman in Apartment 302 is sort of a recluse, in a sense. She goes about her business, but seems, for all intensive purposes, to prefer the confines of her home. "302" is a lithe, almost gaunt, creature in her mid-30's who writes for a living. "301" (Eun-jin Bang) has only just moved into the space across the hall from "302" and immediately began renovating the smallish apartment to suit her immense love of cooking. Much to the chagrin of "302", who get to put up with the noise of reconstruction. Soon after, "301" invites herself into her new neighbor's apartment to become friend's and to share with her some fine cooking. "301" becomes tremendously adventurous with her cooking when she realizes that "302" (Sin-Hye Hwang) refuses even the simplest of dishes, and flat out refuses to eat dishes containing meat. "301" figures she can help her neighbor out with that. She disguises meals in order to trick "302" into eating some pretty exotic stuff, but only after some brief unpleasantness. Both woman soon become freindly with one another and quickly feel compelled to share stories of brutal childhoods and passionless marriages.

And "301" also speculates (while talking with the detective as they both browse around "302"'s apartment) that "302" is sexually repressed because she won't enjoy the great food she cooks and brings her.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully directed, terribly written
I was first introduced to this film by a good Korean friend of mine, who raved about it non-stop. So I finally caved and watched it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Weng
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie / Low Quality DVD
I'll not go into the pros and cons of the movie; if you're curious you can always rent it. But if you're thinking of buying it, the DVD looks as if it had been burned from the VHS... Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by D. Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars BOY, I WISH I HAD A WIFE LIKE 301!!
THIS KOREAN MASTERPIECE DEPICTS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO LADIES, THAT EVOLVES FROM ANTAGONISTIC TO HARMONIOUS, ONCE THEY HAVE EXPOSED THEIR PAST RELATIONSHIPS TO EACH OTHER. Read more
Published on April 13, 2006 by Carlos Urrego
3.0 out of 5 stars A Meal Not Quite Fit For a King
A thin but attractive writer has suddenly gone missing and the only suspect appears to be her comely neighbor in Cheol-su Park's "301/302. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Edward Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant.
One of those movies, like "The Others" which was hard to watch and kind of annoying but captivating at the same time. Read more
Published on October 23, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled, but worth a rental
Do we really need to see reviews in this space in which the reviewers reveal the surprise ending of the film? Jeez. Read more
Published on December 10, 2002 by Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars I Own It...
I bought the movie before I had seen it. It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed this. The sound quality is not good however the story flows and the ending, so surprising, was... Read more
Published on July 31, 2002 by Emalie Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
A dark comedy is what initially drew me into watching this film. After I popped the tape into the VCR, I wasn't too interested but half-way in, the scenes between the two women... Read more
Published on August 13, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality ruins an excellent movie
Before I get to my criticism of the sound quality, let me begin by saying that this is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Read more
Published on February 10, 2001
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