- Actors: Amanda Plummer, Julio Oscar Mechoso, James Ransone
- Directors: Larry Clark
- Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Director's Cut, Anamorphic
- Language: French
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Average Customer Review: 216 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001AZKB8K
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Ken Park (Uncut Uncensored NTSC Region Free!) [DVD] Larry Clark
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Filmmaker Larry Clark reunites with Kids screenwriter Harmony Korine, with some additional directorial assistance from cinematographer Ed Lachman, for this look at a group of troubled teens and their guardians living in Southern California. Ken Park takes its name from the skate park where an ancillary character takes his own life in the film's opening moments, and then proceeds to chronicle the somewhat-interrelated lives of his classmates.
The audience is introduced to Tate (James Ransome), a young man living in relative misery with his board-game-playing grandparents. Also tormented by his living situation is Claude (Stephen Jasso), a quiet, shy teen constantly henpecked by his brutish father (Wade Andrew Williams). Meanwhile, the vapid Shawn (James Bullard) occasionally trades verbal spars with his mother, in between leaving the house for erotic sessions with his girlfriend's mom. Finally there is Peaches (Tiffany Limos), living alone with her devoutly religious father as she covertly experiments with her boyfriend (Mike Apaletegui).
Though Ken Park played at such festivals as Toronto and Telluride in the fall of 2002, it would languish on the shelf for months and months afterward, as its non-commercial content made finding a U.S. distributor near-impossible.
Uncut & Uncensored Anamorphic (16:9) Widescreen Version
English 5.1 & Russian 5.1 Audio Options
Optional Russian Subtitles
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First I want to say I went into this film not knowing much I only read the reviews.
However as an avid son of my fan many different types of films piqued my interest and my curiosity. Larry Clark has the ability to strike a riot and a protest for his films every single time. Lol!
This film is no different as he tackles on teen suicide but from a different point of view this movie has a variety of stories told from different characters from their point of view. The actors in This film certain actors were recognizable what others I couldn't remember if I seen them elsewhere or not. There are controversial subjects and this film and of course this is a Larry Clark film so if you did not watch his other films like : Kids, Bully, etc. Then you have no idea what world you are stepping into.
But I do have to say the controversial subjects he tackles rather that Aurora display within the film our subjects that are NOT discussed between Parents and Teens BUT Rather need to be discussed. This film like many controversial films is intended for a mature audience and not as explicit as some other controversial films but explicit enough. Lastly I shouldn't have to say this but I will. DO not watch this film with your teen's or God forbid your children; would not recommend it at all.
The movie itself is about a group of friends who live in Visalia, CA, and are searching for "something." They don't understand their parents and their parents don't understand them, and so they try and find themselves through drugs and sex. Maybe that should be "lose themselves in drugs and sex."
We're introduced to each character and see his or her life the way they view it--which seem to vacillate between being grownup and still being a kid--and the adults that take advantage of each of them.
Anyway, I found the movie intriguing. If "Catcher In The Rye" was made the same year (2002) KEN PARK was, it would be this movie.
Did it meet my expectations of all the brouhaha surrounding the "dirty sex scenes?" PLEASE... Let's just say that it was enough to understand why they will NEVER release this movie in the USA, at least not for a very l-o-n-g time, but it wasn't so bad that I felt I had to rinse my eyes out with soap.
Anyone who watches foreign cinema won't be that surprised by the nudity. Ok, maybe the ejaculation caught me by surprise, but...I actually found the stabbing scene more disturbing.
Buying Options and DVD SPECS: the dvd of KEN PARK that I purchased from an Amazon third-party seller (xploitedcinema) is a Russian import dvd that is NTSC and ALL REGION (meaning that it will play on American dvd players that play dvds that are region 0 or 1). There's a choice between English and Russian menu screens, so you can navigate without knowing Russian, and you can choose ENGLISH 5.1 surround sound (so you don't have to listen to the Russian over dub). And you can turn off the Russian subtitles. Running time: 95-minutes. Chapter selection is available and the special features are just trailers for other movies(not Clark's).
Obviously, this dvd was the uncensored version.
I was very happy with my purchase.
I don't know if it's true that most of the movie was improvised, but the young actors in it like Tiffany Limos and James Bullard were fantastic.