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BREATH

South Korea, 2007 (MIFF 2007, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Kim Ki-duk

BREATH

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. This dispassionate but deeply tender love story is a must-see cinema for fans of Kim Ki-duk's previous films. His latest feature, which recently screened In Competition at Cannes Film Festival, focusses on the ‘passing seasons' of love between Yeon, a sculptress whose marriage is an unfeeling abyss, and Jin, a prisoner on death row who tries to commit suicide. Kim, cast as the all-manipulating prison guard, builds the unlikely lovers' intimacy through a series of offbeat decorating scenes, whereby Yeon brings gifts of seasonal wallpaper and songs each time she visits Jin. Inevitably, they fall in love… See also Kim Ki-duk's Time in this year's MIFF.

D/P/S Kim Ki-duk WS Cineclick Asia L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/84mins

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