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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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  • 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
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000LPS3A8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By JWSamm on November 24, 2011
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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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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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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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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 filmmaking, and visual & musical poetry. His films never require a synopsis, as they are not necessarily about what happens in the film but more about the journey you go through in his films. And this film is no exception; all you need to know about this film is that it revolves around a young girl who's been taken care of by an old man. Even if you aren't a fan of Kim Ki-Duk and this is your first film you are encountering, I'd say give it a watch. This is everything opposite of what the mainstream cinema is spewing out constantly. And this film is what real cinema is all about.
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Great story, well made film. The extras were fun, with the lead actress playing a tough kung fu chick admits the stress of the fight scenes made her cry, Watch the movie before you watch the extras. She's a very believable tough kung fu chick.
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By Jack Neima on November 19, 2012
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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 job of hidden meanings
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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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