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BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (M)

South Korea, 2000 (MIFF 2011, MIFF 60th Retrospective)

Director: Bong Joon-ho

BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (M)

"Beautifully directed, unsentimental and darkly funny." - Time Out London

Bong Joon-ho (Mother, MIFF 2009; The Host, MIFF 2006), a true creative and commercial giant of South Korean cinema, made his feature debut with the bloody-slapstick-meets-romantic-comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (MIFF 2001).

Yun-ju is at his wit's end. Jobless at the end of his studies, trapped in a tiny flat with his pregnant wife and driven to madness by the constant yapping of the dogs in his apartment block, he begins to resort to extreme measures. Similarly disaffected with life, bored clerk Hyeon-nam takes on the task of searching for the increasingly large number of canines that have mysteriously gone missing.

Blackly comedic, Bong Joon-ho's acerbic social satire is a delightfully eccentric romp.

D Bong Joon-ho P Min-hwan Cho S Bong Joon-ho, Song Ji-ho, Derek Son Tae-woong Dist Madman Entertainment L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2000

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