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

Eun-jin Pang , Sin-Hye Hwang , Cheol-su Park  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9I5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,972 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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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie / Low Quality DVD February 6, 2010
Format: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 tape. There's no sharpness; the colors are blurry.

Also, the subtitles need some work. The only elements that are subtitled are the moments of dialog. This is confusing because if a character thinks to himself or says something off-screen, the lines are not subtitled. Also since one character is a writer, the camera will pick up lots of her writing which is supposed to tell you something about the person. But the written parts are not subtitled either. So the movie's intent and information are not complete when you watch this film.
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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 of 3 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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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Meal Not Quite Fit For a King March 11, 2005
Format:DVD
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."

The central fascination of "301/302" deals with two decidedly different women - one an extrovert, one an introvert - whose lives have been corrupted by food: the chef (Apt. 301) based most of her husband's affections and later her own inadequacies of providing exceptional meals while the anorexic writer (Apt. 302) can't shed the memories of her sexually abusive father - who worked as a butcher - and refuses to eat as a consequence. Now divorced, 301 meets 302 and transfers her love to her new neighbor, trying against all odds to get the thin, pale woman to eat her meals.

The film has several plot inconsistencies that are never cleared up. 302 appears to have virtually no contact with anyone except for the occasional telephone call from a mysterious editor/writer/friend, but yet the very morning after her disappearance the police have gone looking for her. An unnamed building resident last witnessed 302 going into 301's apartment, but the hallways are always empty and void of other people. Then, in the film's final moments, it becomes clear that 301 has adopted some of 302's physical appearance, cutting her hair to match that of the thin writer; given her desire to eat and eat and eat, why would she suddenly choose to adopt the looks of one who abhorred eating?

However, in the broader recipe, these points aren't significant. What matters most is the relationship these two women have with one another and their past lives.
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