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The Bow (활)

활 (Hwal)

Directed by Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)

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90min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
A 60-year-old man has lived with a 16-year-old girl on a boat afloat in the middle of the sea for 10 years. The old man crosses days off of a calendar and counts the remaining days to her 17th birthday. She is content with her life, helping the old man serve the fishermen who come to the boat. When a gentle college boy comes aboard to fish, their relationship begins to suffer. As she becomes more and more attracted to the boy, she begins to distance herself from the old man, arousing his jealousy.

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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Bow": Dead-Reckoning Romance

    2014/04/19,
    In the Spotlight this Week: Kim Ki-duk's "The Bow"... Whether it be the dumb pander in "Bad Guy" (2002), the silent sneak in "3-Iron" (2004), or the mute monks of "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003), Kim Ki-duk loves silencing his puppets for our amusement. By hushing his heroes Kim sharpens our eyes to the meditative magic of the moving image. Dense dialogue and consuming chatter play second fiddle to the slow and symbolic seduction of curious characters lost in space. This is Kim's world, a placid and ethereal place that orbits a volatile sun with unseen molten madness at its core. There are both deep-seated and distance threats lurking in Kim's creations, forces that exist just out of frame that may, at any time, strike and sully the event with unadulterated Armageddon and subconscious conspiracies,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] Kim Ki-duk's "The Bow"

    2014/04/19,
    A selection of shots from Kim Ki-duk's "The Bow" Kim's twelfth feature "The Bow" is a liquid love letter that aims to withstand the test of time. In it, Kim tells us the tale of an old sailor and the young girl he saved nearly a decade before. Together they live aboard a creaking vessel miles from civilisation, and receive only a few sailors that come out to their watery world to fish the open sea. The captain, an aging seadog, has looked after the abandoned girl for almost a decade, and the time has nearly come for them to get married. But when a handsome student finds his way to their salted sanitary, the young girl begins to question her fate and, subsequently, that of her bearded breadwinner. It's a slow and thoughtful piece that comes soaked with sentiment, an emotional affair that is unmistakably Kim and unavoidably magical. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Bow"

    2013/03/22,
    Ten years ago an old man found a young girl adrift at sea. Ever since then, he's been raising her in his boat, a fishing platform in the middle of nowhere. They make a living by renting out the boat to various hobbyists who appreciate the chance to enjoy an isolated day of fishing. The old man and the young girl also have a special talent- the ability to tell fortunes, which is accomplished through a peculiar, dangerous ritual,...More
  • Outsider Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' Wins Top Prize in Venice

    2012/09/10, Source,
    Director Kim Ki-duk reacts as his film "Pieta" wins the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap "Pieta", Kim Ki-duk's tale of violence and poverty, won the Golden Lion at this year's Venice film festival. Kim spent just W100 million (US$1=W,130) making the film, a fraction of the average cost of a Korean film these days. This is the first time a Korean film won the top prize at one of the world's top three film festivals at Venice, Cannes and Berlin. Accepting the prize, Kim thanked the actors, staff, film festival officials and Italian fans before bursting into a rendition of the traditional Korean song "Arirang",...More
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 Produced by
 Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)
Production
Kim Ki-duk Film (김기덕필름)
Distribution
Kim Ki-duk Film (김기덕필름)
Staff
 Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)
 Editor
 Jang Hoon (장훈)
 Assistant director
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Release date in South Korea : 2005/05/12

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I saw part of it while in Korea. I enjoyed what i say, partly because I sorta understood what was going on(never heard of it before, just started watching it) very little dialogue. That is hard to do, to make a movie so powerful and have people understand
2007-08-31 14:16:11
2007-07-12 01:48:30
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Beautiful movie. i cried during the last 20 min. non stop. i don't think there's any movie which could compare to this. It is a masterpiece (no joke)
2006-10-24 22:05:32
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