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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Samaria (Samaritan Girl) (Ki-duk Kim, 2004)
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KINDLY NOTE SOME MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.
Samaria is probably the first arthouse movie to emerge from South Korea. Read more