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South Korea, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Kim Ki-duk

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A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) latest work speaks volumes about a nation's pursuit of ul-jjang (a perfect face). His female lead (Seh-hee) disappears for six months in order to undergo a face-altering procedure. Left behind is her broken-hearted boyfriend who then falls for a curiously similar stranger. “Seh-hee isn't made mad by fashion magazines featuring airbrushed models; she just looks to them for an answer when overtaken by the primal fear of losing a love that isn't in jeopardy. Kim [Ki-duk] has found an entertaining vehicle for one of the oldest tragedies known to man, and executed the scenario with finesse.” - Hollywood Reporter. See also Kim Ki-duk's Breath in this year's MIFF.

D/P/S Kim Ki-duk WS Cineclick Asia L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/96mins

See also...

SAMARITAN GIRL

South Korea, 2004
Samaritan Girl (Samaria) South KoreaWinner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk's 10th feature combines the darker-edged themes of his earlier films (B… More »

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER AND SPRING

South Korea, 2004
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring (Bom, Yeoreum, Gaeul, Gyeowool, Geurigo Bom) South Korea'spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring is an exquisitely simple movie. The film's lyrical plainness… More »

3-IRON

Korea, 2004
The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplify… More »

NINE LIVES OF KOREAN CINEMA

France/Korea, 2005
MIFF has enthusiastically flown the flag for South Korean cinema, championing such diverse and mind-altering work as MIFF guests Kim Ki-duk (retrospective in 2002), Park Chan-wook (Old Boy 2004), Im … More »

BREATH

South Korea, 2007
Echoing his earlier works Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-Iron, filmmaker Kim Ki-duk once again looks to the passing seasons and the liberating possibilities of a taboo relationship.… More »

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