TIME (2006) [feature]

South Korea (MIFF 2007 , Neighbourhood Watch)
Director: Kim Ki-duk

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.

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

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