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South Korea, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Regional Focus)

Director: Jang Sun-woo

Asian cinema specialist Tony Raynes described Resurrection of the Little Match Girl as 2002's best martial arts fantasy from South Korea—his runner up was last year's MIFF smash Volcano High. Get ready for a breathtaking and exhilarating ride from maverick director Jang Sun-woo.

Young delivery driver Joo enters a video arcade to play a strange new game, the object of which is to make a match girl freeze to death. However, he dials a telephone number he discovers on the side of a lighter he has purchased from the game room girl, and is told that this time he must save the match seller's life. In return, he is promised an enormous financial reward and her love. A warning is issued to him—no reckless or exaggerated behaviour or he will be unable to return to the real world. Accepting the challenge, Joo is drawn into the game and finds himself up against a number of villains all of whom are out to erther seduce or eliminate the match girl. Reckless and exaggerated behaviour is only the beginning!

One critic descibed this film as if Catherine Breillat had remade Lara Croft: Tomb Raider! Filled with mind-warping action sequences, set in astounding futuristic design-scapes. Techno meets Tao!

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