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Samaritan Girl (2005)

Yeo-reum Han , Ji-min Kwak , Ki-duk Kim  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee, Kwon Hyun-Min, Oh Young
  • Directors: Ki-duk Kim
  • Writers: Ki-duk Kim
  • Producers: Ki-duk Kim, Dong-Joo Kim, Jeong-min Bae, Jeong-min Baek, Yun-ho Kim
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • 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: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Z9RCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samaritan Girl" on IMDb

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To fulfill their dreams of traveling to Europe, two teenage girls Yeo-jin (Ji-min Kwak) and Jae-young (Min-jeog Seo) start a prostitution business. Yeo-jin handles the business side, while Jae-young "entertains" the customers. When Jae-young is accidentally killed during a police raid, Yeo-jin locates their clients in an act of penance, sleeping with them to return their money. Yeo-jin's father (Eol Lee) stumbles onto her secret and takes revenge on her lovers. At a crossroads, father and daughter embark on a desperate trip in the hope of gaining absolution and redemption.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Two high school girls, Jae-Young and Yeo-Jin, contact older men via the internet in order for Jae-Young to sell herself. Yeo-Jin solicits the clients and manages the income as they plan to make a trip to Europe. However, everything is lost when Jae-Young jumps form a window in order to avoid an arrest. Confused and aimless Yeo-Jin begins to seek closure to the death of her friend and gets the idea to contact and return the money to all of Jae-Young previous clients. When Yeo-Jin meets with one of the clients her secret is uncovered as her father, a police detective, who is investigating a murder of a young girl in the adjacent hotel complex.

Samaritan Girl is a bizarre coming of age film that is split into three acts: Vasumitra, Samaria, and Sonata. Vasumitra, portrays the two girl's affectionate relationship and the ambiguous nature of their partnership. This act is a warm and sensitive journey into the girl's friendship, which is illustriously displayed with warm colors and intriguing mise-en-scene. The second act, Samaria, exposes the loss and confusion that Yeo-Jin experiences after Jae-Young's death. In addition, it displays the father's misery as he discovers his daughter's dark secret. The final act, Sonata, opens the door between the father and his daughter as they find a way to conclude the suffering that both of them are experiencing.

Samaritan Girl's theme is of a disturbing nature as it presents teen prostitution, which has upset lots of viewers. Ki-duk Kim merely reveals the truth as he opens a can of worms for the audience that is based on tragic news and the facts of South Korea.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Thought Provoking May 17, 2005
Format:DVD
"Samaritan Girls" is a very interesting and thought provoking film. Two young high school girls have a prostitution business going on. One girl Jae-Young, has the sex with the clients while Yeo-Jin acts a pimp of sorts. Jae-Young parents are not shown in the film. Yeo-Jin's father is a police detective. Jae-Young is full of life, full of smiles and actually enjoys having sex with the clients. She makes a point to get to know them better despite objections from Yeo-Jin who wants her to keep things sex only.

Although this film is from the Asia Extreme collection, it is rather tame, no graphic sex or nudity, but some violence. Jae-Young and Yeo-Jin share intimate talks in a bath house while they bath each other in the nude. At one point in the film I thought that Yeo-Jin was interested in Jae-Young, but as the film progressed I felt that perhaps Yeo-Jin was envious of Jae-Youngs beauty and happy-go-lucky exterior. Jae-Young dies in a very strange accident. The description from the film company makes it appear she dies in a police raid when actually it is her own stupidty that leads to her death. Even near death, she is still smiling. After her death, Yeo-Jin goes on a mission to pay back the men who have had sex with Jae-Young. This didn't make any sense to me. Why did she want to give them the money back? The money was secondary. Yeo-Jin wanted to become Jae-Young. Yeo-Jin who previously didn't smile or seem overtly feminine took on a whole new appearance as she had sex with the men she once felt were filthy. Things really heat up when her police detective father discovers what she is doing and sets out on a mission to make his daugthers suiters pay for having sex with young girls, namely his daughter. The film was good but got slow toward the end.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experiencing Kim Ki-Duk August 29, 2005
By Andy
Format:DVD
MOVIE: 5/5
I won't bother saying what the movie is about as you can read the synopsis provided by the editor above.
Kim Ki-Duk as a film maker has a real talent in effortlessly establishing his characters and relationships which are vital in moving his movies forward. The development he creates in a single scene without dialogue, other directors fail to do within entire movies. In essence, he is efficient because he understands human behaviour and the power of subtlety. Others may find the lack of onscreen activity boring but I can't help feel fascinated and completely drawn in with each passing minute of this movie.
This is not a movie for everyone and it is by no means a happy one. It is at times sad, depressing, and revolting. But it is hard not to come away with some emotional investment with either of the main characters. At the core, I believe the same thing is driving both main characters (the father and daughter), that being nobility, but here we see how being noble leads to suffering. I have only seen one other Kim Ki-Duk movie (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring) but both have left an everlasting impression.
If you are a fan of Kim Ki-Duk or Korean cinema, I highly recommend this.
DVD: 2/5
There is no reason why this movie should look the way it does given how recent it is. It's not the worse, but certainly far from perfect. The video transfer is inconsistent and it looks like it came from a less than perfect print. At the start, I couldn't help but feel a little distracted by all the nicks in the print. I eventually got use to it and the transfer does improve in the middle section of the movie. I found the transfer to be quite soft throughout. And towards the end, there is a barely noticable vertical band in many scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Very good movie. A little sad but entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Eugene A. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner from Kim.
Samaria (Samaritan Girl) (Ki-duk Kim, 2004)

Ki-duk Kim makes very beautiful movies that, in the main, I have never found myself able to connect with; I can appreciate... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough subject
It's an other author movie by Kim Ki-Duk. So if you can't stand psychologicial movies with a lot of silences, this isn't a movie for you. The movie is following a teenage girl. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arafinwe Ingalaure
1.0 out of 5 stars slow,dull, and boring.
Not to mention the worst plot ever regarding prostitution.

I admit "Bad Guy" was a bit out there but that was a brilliant film regarding the life of a prostitute. Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by maskedgamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Plot seems sleazy but the emotional subtext elevates the story into a...
Samaritan Girl introduces us to two high-schoolers Yeo-jin and Jae-young who would like to go to Europe but they don't have the money. Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Jenny J.J.I.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Tale about Sin, Shame, Guilt and the Lack of...
SAMARITAN GIRL (aka. Samaria) is a film by controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. Needless to say, I enjoy watching his work, I have seen all of Kim's films; his films are... Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by Woopak
5.0 out of 5 stars The naïve dreams of the childhood and its fatal consequences!
"The Samaritan girl" is a very complex movie that must be seen, taking into account three levels; the first part turns around the childish vision of the world

where the... Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Two cute girls and a plan gone awry
I justed watched SAMARITAN GIRL tonight. This Korean film, directed by Kim Ki-Duk, features Ji-Min Kwak as Yeo-jin, a high school girl who runs a small prostitution business with... Read more
Published on March 17, 2007 by Dave99
5.0 out of 5 stars An Arthouse Masterpiece
KINDLY NOTE SOME MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.

Samaria is probably the first arthouse movie to emerge from South Korea. Read more
Published on November 26, 2006 by DigitalM
5.0 out of 5 stars Samaritan Girl -- the newest DVD from Asia Extreme May 2005
Samaritan Girl is a really impressive film directed by Ki-Duk Kim. To end all the discrepancies about the title, the film has been illegally bootlegged as 'Samaria'. Read more
Published on April 19, 2005 by Jackie White
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