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The Bow (2005)

Yeo-reum Han , Si-jeok Seo , Ki-duk Kim  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yeo-reum Han, Si-jeok Seo, Gook-hwan Jeon, Seong-hwang Jeon, Seok-hyeon Jo
  • Directors: Ki-duk Kim
  • Writers: Ki-duk Kim
  • Producers: Ki-duk Kim, Michiko Suzuki, Yong-gyu Kang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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: B000LPS3A8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bow" on IMDb

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(Foreign/Drama) A sixty year old man has been raising a young girl since she was six years old and plans to marry her next month when she turns seventeen. Living their lives together on a fishing boat, he is very protective of her and will gladly put an arrow into anyone who touches her. She’s content with her life until a young man shows up and introduces her to a world beyond - which changes everything.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Kim Ki-Duk's best, but good nonetheless.. June 15, 2007
Kim Ki-Duk is a very acclaimed director from Korea. He is responsible for Korean Masterpieces: THE ISLE, SPRING SUMMER FALL.., TIME, BAD GUY, 3-IRON and some others. This director's style is that he expresses his films with very little dialogue, he intends the actors, actresses to express the story through the expression of raw emotion. You may say his films are a bit on the "artsy" side, but for me, his films deal with the frailties of the human spirit, man's weaknesses and their ability to adapt.

The story centers around an old man in his sixties who has been raising a young girl(Han Yeo Reum, Samaritan girl) since childhood on a ship that floats unanchored off Korea's coastline. The girl hasn't been outside the confides of the boat and as a result, her world are obviously quite limited, but still she seems satisfied and happy, and the old man plans to marry her the day she reaches legal age. The two make their living by hosting fishermen aboard the boat, and also tell fortunes in a rather bizarre and dangerous fashion, by shooting arrows whizzing past the girl's head into a Buddhist painting on the side of the boat. Afterwards, the girl whispers in the old man's ear the 'said' fortune. (This method of fortune-telling appears to have been invented by Kim, though possibly inspired by the common practice of dropping a dart onto a spinning disc as I've read)

The film opens in striking fashion with a shot of the weapon that inspired the film's title. When fitted with an additional piece, the bow becomes a stringed instrument. Sadly, however, the instrument doesn't fit into the film's plot beyond providing for occasional mood music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bow November 24, 2011
By JWSamm
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I'm relatively new to watching foreign movies and this one by Kim Ki-Duk is a jewel. The story line is a bit of a stretch; a 60 year old man taking care of a young girl he found lost/abandon in the city, and he is making plans to marry her when she is of age (i.e., 17). I won't tell the story because several reviewers have done more than an adequate job of that already. However, I will say that there is something about this movie that just draws you in. The music is mesmerizing, character development is excellent, and the acting is superb. There isn't a hold lot of dialogue, so those who don't like reading subtitles don't fret. Besides, you can pretty much figure out what's going on anyway. So if you've never seen a Korean movie before this one definitely will not disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with mindless action movies, you pseudocritics December 6, 2012
Many of the so-called 'reviews' I see on here make my gorge rise. Idiot babble of the ilk of 'aw man not one car chase'.
The story was one of isolation,loneliness, alienation and redemption via metaphysical and spiritual means.
Critics need to have some knowledge of the culture, mores, and psychology of the subject material to properly understand protagonists; and also remember that movies are essentially fantasy.
This movie was a fine, and fascinatingly eidolonic tale. If I want 'gritty realism'('real' as perceived by Hollywood) or mindless entertainment I will watch one of the many hideously stupid American films. Or maybe some Bollywood offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing June 5, 2010
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Yeo-reum Han is going to be one of those actresses that you just know will have a bright future in films. This is evident in her acting here. She hardly says a word but her presence is captivating(no pun intended). One of my problems with the story was with the old man and how his character was written, without giving away too much, he took the girl when she was very young intending to marry her when she got older, in short, he kidanpped her! Yet he brings back people to his boat to fish, people who seem to know all about what he did and no one seems to care or turn him into the police?! Until the girl takes a liking to a young man, then things get a little more realistic. Realistic until the very ending, which is the other problem I have with this movie, but I won't go there and give away any spoilers. I think if you can get past these two problems then you will enjoy the movie, as I said you should just by seeing
Yeo-reum Han.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! August 16, 2007
By Yoshi
Another masterpiece from Korean director Ki Duk! If you haven't seen some of his previous works than I highly suggest that you do. Kim Ki Duk's film are mood driven pieces and you always feel the emotion he brings. Like his last couple of flicks there really isn't that much dialouge from his main charachters. He tells the story through expression and you feel the charachter's pain, joy, and loss. The story is of a man who wants to wed a younger female. He is a fortune teller and he knows that his time is almost up. I sat in awe the entire time watching this film. The soundtrack is worth the price of admission. The film is in DTS and the transfer is beautiful! Very similar in ways to 3 IRON and SPRING SUMMER!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual movie! October 22, 2013
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This is the best movie I've ever seen! With so many spiritual teachings. And beautiful music, story, nature and meaning with the story that you can interpret on so many levels, according to your level of consciousness. Enjoy watching!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Not quite what I expected but it's okay, I have certain friends and embers of my family that I would recommend it to.
Published 13 days ago by Eugene A. Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Title does not represent movie
The movie should have been Child Bride on Boat! More a tale of old man wanting to marry girl can not afford bride. Read more
Published 12 months ago by martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bow
I enjoy mostly all of the Korean movies , there are some horror movies I can't get into but on the most part the Korean movies are great.
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I have watched this movie 3 times now and have enjoyed it more and more. Very good story line and the acting is very good.
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bow
Another film by the same director....gotta do the directors remarks to complete the understanding.
Great service THANKS A+

It is second film by same director, great... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jack Neima
5.0 out of 5 stars Letting the bird leave the nest.
Another brilliant film by Kim Ki-Duk. If you know Kim Ki-Duk and are a fan of him, you are getting exactly what you're expecting: slow-paced, minimal dialogue, minimalism in... Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars View it with an open mind.... it's a film!
Many may be offended by this film due to the moral nature, as a 60 year-old man has raised a young girl since she was 6, and, at 17, he chooses to marry her. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by  R I Z Z O 
1.0 out of 5 stars A Child Molestor's dream
I was scanning movies on Netflix and accidently came upon this movie. This story is quite preverted and it's about an old man who held an under aged girl captive on a boat. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by M. MOUA
1.0 out of 5 stars Child porn fantasy
A man in his sixties, who lives on a boat which sits in the ocean many miles off the coast of Korea, kidnaps a six-year-old girl and keeps her as a prisoner for ten years, planning... Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by Steven Mason
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