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BAD GUY

South Korea, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Beauty within the Beast – Kim Ki-Duk)

Director: Kim Ki-Duk

Hang Gi, a tough pimp ruling his brothel with an iron fist, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Moments after setting eyes on Seon-hwa, a pretty and proper college student, he forces her to kiss him, indifferent to her disgust, until a beating by soldiers sends him on his way. A scheme is concocted by which Seon-hwa will be blackmailed, bankrupted and offered no alternative but to work in Hang Gi's brothel. From this unlikely beginning, a strange romance flowers.

"Certainly one of the most provocative filmmakers around... fans admire his unflinching social, sexual and emotional observations. Kim Ki-Duk pulls no punches in his new urban opus. A twisted, tortured love story if ever there was one, to each of the protagonists love is a weakness they refuse to concede. A remarkable lead performance which manages to convey anger and longing, affection and pain all in the same glance." - Screen International

"A skewed beauty-and-the-beast yarn played out with all of Kim's dark fatalism." - Variety

See also...

SAMARITAN GIRL

South Korea, 2004
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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 »

TIME

South Korea, 2006
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) la… More »

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