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Address Unknown (2000)

Dong-kun Yang , Min-jung Ban , Ki-duk Kim  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Young-min Kim, Eun-jin Pang, Gye-nam Myeong
  • Directors: Ki-duk Kim
  • Writers: Ki-duk Kim
  • Producers: Seung-jae Lee
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000C65YNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Address Unknown" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Struggling to find their way in the violent aftermath of the Korean War, a wounded girl, a shy boy and an angry abandoned son of an American soldier find their lives intertwined in relationships of love, pain and hope.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing yet rivetting December 10, 2005
Format:DVD
I saw this movie at the theater in France, with french subtitles. It was the most disturbing movie I've ever seen in my life. I also wouldnt recommend it for those with weak stomachs or for the faint of heart. That said, I'd really reccommend watching it. It's one of those movies that take the unbelieveable and make them real. The type where at first all you can say is "wow", but that afterwards you can discuss at length. I think I'll buy it to show my family.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something quite different from Hollywood March 12, 2006
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Korean film is growing in many good ways, in ways that set it apart from the mindless tripe that comes out of Hollywood nowadays. "Address Unknown" is a film with a heavy message, a message about the civil war in Korea and how it had touched so many different people in horrific ways and how it still shapes the lives of people today. This is an incredibily violent film too. Many Hollywood-style thrillers have lots of guns and bombs, complete with macho he-men that grimace but this film portrays a level of slow, on-going violence that unmatched in Hollywood. Here, one finds the pain and rage of mixed-race children and their burdens, the petty, evil of dog-man and his debased sense of ethics, a sterotype of the American soldier who seems to never be quite right in his head or heart. One can find the moral degradation that haunts parts of Korea, due to the presence of the American military. True, they are there to protect South Korea but can they protect against the spiritual and moral decay from within?

This is the kind of film that can haunt and stay inside ones head for days afterwards, thus if one wants to see a very meaningful example of Korean cinematography, by all means see this film but be aware that this is one heavy piece of work that can leave a mark. Beware.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Anilmal abuse dvd May 14, 2013
By Ken
Format:DVD
This dvd should have warning for animal abuse "sensitive naterials" print big in front of the cover.I watched it until a dag was being buctrd then I stopped. Now I am selling it on Amazon. It is very distrubing if you like dogs. Please do not watchit, the images will stick with you for a long time.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal July 12, 2008
Format:DVD
Address Unknown is about the occupants of a small town situated next to an American military base in the Korean countryside. Writer/Director Kim goes beyond mere indictment of American presence. He displays brother against brother (North vs. South) and calls into question the responses to it.

This one is probably for Kim Ki-Duk completists only. It is a remarkable film in its relentless presentation of pain. Every single scene in this 2 hour film involves pain, emotional or physical.

An American soldier pays for the surgery so a young Korean girl can regain the sight in her impotent, freaky looking right eye and then wants her to be his sweetheart in return, wink-wink. When she shows a little interest in the Korean boy who liked her just the way she was before the surgery, the American becomes incredulous and tries to hurt her but before he can she pokes her own eye out to erase her debt to the soldier. Meanwhile, the Korean boy who liked her just the way she was schemes to kill the two Korean boys who have been stealing his money and beating him up. When the girl looks freaky again and goes to express her love to the Korean boy, she finds him in jail for shooting the American soldier in the genitals with a bow and arrow.

That's only one of the subplots. I've seen a lot of films about pain and despair but none that have been so oppressively constant in their execution. This is a great film by one of the great contemporary directors but you need to be ready for it or you may be repulsed. It's not slasher film gross at all. The really dirty stuff, like hanging dogs from a tree and beating them to death with a baseball bat, is done off camera.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good film from very good director October 25, 2006
By RC
Format:DVD
Everytime i experience a Kim Ki-Duk film i become more and more of a fan of his work... the last film being his seasons film (winter.. spring.. summer) he is the only reason i rented this upon seeing it at blockbuster when browsing for rentals not thinking much of it (i had a great lineup of dawn of the dead / devil's rejects / assault on precinct 13 and this film all the others are great films) and this was the last film i watched after a 3 movie mini marathon at about 4am.

first thing i should mention is anyone experienced with asian cinema knows that asian films can be very slow paced especially because there isn't a big focus on dialogue as in say american cinema so you will get long scenes where maybe someone doesn't even speak which i personally like alot because it just goes well with the style of film.. just a prewarning to anyone not experienced in asian cinema of how different film is from other places than asia.

This film focuses on a group of very troubled youths to a destructive end and the people surrounding them.

The 3 main youths are as follows:

Chang-guk:

A "crossbreed" half black/korean teen who lives with his mother and her boyfriend in a stationary bus... he has major issues because he takes alot of crap for being a halfbreed and has alot of issues with his mother and frequently will smack her around... my feeling was because he has hate for her because she made him a crossbreed. His father was a black american soldier who for reasons not explained he and his mother have no contact with any longer.

He works with his mother's boyfriend "dog eye" in the dog butcher business where he brutally kills dogs to sell the meat to diners...
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