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Bad Guy is not unlike Ki-duk Kim's other films in regards to the symbolism and the artistic expression that this South Korean director strives to visualize on the silver screen. Yet, the situation is new and the story is unique even though he returned to teenage prostitution in Samaria (2004), the English title Samaria Girl. The depicted cruelty often finds its place in Ki-duk Kim's films, may be even a reason for his popularity. However, it is in the moment of viciousness where he generates the artistic moment that crosses between what is acceptable and unacceptable. These are moments where opposite sides cross into each other's sphere like a bridge built for a moment that is destroyed in the next instant. The violence can be seen in films such as the Isle (2000) where a woman pulls up a man by a fish hook and the dog killings in Address Unknown (2001). It is in these violent moments where Ki-duk Kim reaches the furthest while trying to communicate his message to the audience.
Cleverly, Ki-duk Kim opens Bad Guy with a scene of a city street where hundreds of of people are wandering during business hour.Read more ›
"Bad Guy" starts out with a powerful and violent street encounter. Han-ki, a street hardened pimp, becomes infatuated with an attractive young girl he spies on a park bench. Sitting next to her, he continues to watch her as her boyfriend arrives. Before leaving, as they have noticed and commented on his presence, he grabs her and gives her an extended (and rough) kiss--which leads to a confrontation with several passersby. But Han-ki can't get Sun-hwa, the college girl, out of his mind and starts to follow her. He eventually sets her up in a sting where she steals some money--and uses the leverage to force her into a world of prostitution to pay off the debt. As she learns the ways of her new world, many of these scenes are harrowing and graphic.
There is a lot that transpires as the film progresses--but the crux of the story continues to be this primary relationship.Read more ›
This summary horribly simplifies a terrific movie that has lots of twists and turns and dramatic psychological insights to it. I heartily recommend it to one and all.
It is a tragedy that we will never see movies like that made in this country.
It is so hard to watch innocence get stripped in this fashion. A beautiful college girl gets manipulated into a life of prostituion. The sex scenes are just horribly painful, you are forced to witness this ultimately disturbing experience. I couldn't help but feel violated as well.
Her pimp watches her from behind the two-way mirror. His obsession becomes more and more intense. Man, I hated this guy. The worst part was his silence. He had long, penetrating stares that really just get under your skin.
This is not a fun movie. Effective in puncturing your mind and affecting you in a perverse, relentless fashion. Redefining love in a way many will not enjoy. Watch with caution.
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I can't get this movie out of my mind... There are some scenes in the movie that are brutally honest - about the invisible lines of separation between classes within society,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elise Esclave
This is a twisted demented love story filled with violence and sadness. If you don't like Hollywood happy endings but enjoy artistic foreign films portraying a more depraved look... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Seth Waldron
Having (allegedly) seen his first film at age 33, Kim Ki-Duk is a director unfettered by convention or fashion. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Daniel Edwards
Bad acting, little dialogue. Film sounds better than it really is. Only Asian film I have bought that I will sell fast. I would say... Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Indiandaeng
I'm quite sure the end result would be this movie...
Instead of a Mute guy trying to save his sister the love of his life (hey, no sick thoughts please). Read more
People who actually love each other never have sex in this movie. Guess it comes with the job.Published on January 16, 2010 by Howard
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