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Barking Dogs Never Bite

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Product Description

In Bong Joon-ho's directorial debut
film, Barking Dogs Never Bite, an
unemployed grad student with an
expectant wife is driven to distraction by a yapping dog located somewhere in his large apartment complex. Determined to relieve his annoyance, he sets off to take extreme action against his
tormentor; an action that will come
to haunt him.

About the Director

From the Award Winning Director Bong Joon-ho (The Host)

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  • Actors: Sung-jae Lee
  • Directors: Bong Joon-Ho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barking Dogs Never Bite" on IMDb

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Wells on January 5, 2011
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Finally! I've been waiting nine years for this movie to come out on US DVD, ever since I saw it at the first New York Korean Film Festival in 2001. I knew it was just a matter of time, since director Bong has gotten a lot of international attention for his three subsequent features, "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother."

Those are all terrific, but this this simultaneously depressing and exhilarating black comedy on the suburban rat race is still his best. It's got all the stuff that makes Bong distinctive - his caustic cynicism about human nature and human institutions combined with an unfeigned compassion for humans as individuals; an affection for marginal, oddball types that doesn't tip into sentimental idealization; snappy visual wit full of imaginative framing and editing; a finely tuned ear for enormously funny but penetrating dialogue; a glee in booby-trapping the plot with surprises large and small; a daring but exquisitely right mix of contrasting tones - horror and humor, slapstick and melancholy.

The actors are all perfect, particularly the two iconic leads. Handsome superstar Lee Sung-jae plays against type beautifully as a henpecked, career-stalled academic so spineless and full of repressed rage he seems about to curl into himself and vanish. And this was my first glimpse of the enchanting Bae Doo-na, Korea's #1 actress for playing endearing misfits and no-hopers, something she's never done better than here.

I could go on and on - this is a little-acknowledged modern classic. Whatever the hell "modern classic" means.

(But yeah, if you're supersqueamish about harm to cute, fluffy dogs, you might want to approach with caution - it's a major part of the story. That said, there's a disclaimer at the beginning that no animals were harmed in the shoot, and there's nothing onscreen that makes me think otherwise - it's mostly offscreen suggestion.)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Slow Guy on June 14, 2011
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Good God, some people are just totally unable to see the forest for the trees! This film is a wonderful little gem from the early days of a director who is now internationally acclaimed as a brilliant young talent. I found it hilariously funny (albeit in a very dark way) -- yes, including the dog-dinner scenes -- as well as witty, quirky, warm, incisive, and ultimately moving in the way it shows the final redemption of the quasi-villain. As the timid dog-killer confesses his crimes to the heroic slacker, I could read the wonderful panorama of complex and conflicting emotions going through their minds on both their faces. I wanted to give them each a hug! In fact all of the actors were wonderful, including the supporting and minor characters (the crazy homeless man was a hoot, and the Amazonian best friend with the unexpected tender streak made me wish I had a pal like her to get my back). If you can't appreciate their excellent work because you cannot get over the dog scenes (even though they're staged anyway) or the 'offensive' satirical observations -- well, I guess you'd better just stay away from anything that's not warm and fuzzy and uplifting in the future (although the ending of this movie could well be called that, too, in its own offbeat way). Oh, and by the way, all the people who found the dog scenes (again, staged) offensive and THEREFORE decided this movie is garbage (yes, I mean you), I hope you condemn any movie that features the killing of human beings (some even do so in the spirit of humor!) in even stronger terms... you do, right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 5, 2013
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Flandersui Gae (A Dog of Flanders/Barking Dogs Never Bite) (Joon-ho Bong, 2000)

Joon-ho Bong has developed into one of Korea's most popular directors both at home and overseas, first with The Host, the highest-grossing Korean film of all time (viz. review 10Mar2008 ish), and then with Mother, one of the most critically-acclaimed Korean films of all time (viz. review 30Mar2011 ish). But he had a career, and a durned good one, long before coming up with either of those flicks; his second movie, Memories of Murder, is actually my favorite of his flicks (viz. review 1Apr2008 ish), and while it didn't really gain notoriety outside Korea until after he'd gotten big for his other movies, his debut feature, Flandersui Gae (known in English-speaking countries both as A Dog of Flanders and Barking Dogs Never Bite), was a pretty big hit back in the day. If you know Bong's later work, there's not going to be a good deal here that will surprise you--it's got that patented Bong mix of madcap mystery, uncomfortable humor, broad-spectrum ineptitude on the part of his endearing characters, and a sharp, witty script that brings it all together in a pleasurable way.

Plot: Yun-ju (Attack the Gas Station!'s Sun-jae Lee) is a college lecturer who's trying to achieve a professorship in a corrupt culture--it seems to be standard operating procedure for lecturers at his school who want to become professors to "gift" the dean with ten thousand bucks. Problem is, lecturers make peanuts, so where's he going to get that kind of money? As if that's not enough, somewhere in his large, faceless apartment block there's a yappy little dog who refuses to shut up. Yun-ju finds himself driven to extremes--once he has identified the beast, he kidnaps it.
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