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.
[Guest Film Review] "Rough Cut" 2016/05/21,
This film proved that Kim Ki-duk's presence in a movie is a pledge of success by its own self. This time, the Korean auteur penned the script, with Jang Hoon, the director, being one of the many assistants Kim had in his films, learning "the art" in "The Bow". The combination proved very successful, with "Rough Cut" recording more admissions than all of the previous Kim's films combined,...More
[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
It is the movie directors who shoot the pictures, but it is the projectionists who show them. They are the ones who give the films to the audience -- and thus secure an audience, a community,...More
Asian Film Market and PPP Results 2007/10/16, Source, The Asian Film Market was again bustling in its second year although buyers tended to window-shop and take notes for later. A number of Korean films were picked up mainly for TV/DVD rights. Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia sealed a number of deals, selling all rights to,...More
The Taegeukgi will be flying high over the Croisette as the 60th Festival de Cannes, the creme de la creme of international film festivals, opens today. Over 20 films are competing for the much-coveted Palme d'Or, and two out of the four competing Asian titles are K,...More
Art Films 2006/08/09, Source, On the afternoon of August 7, a preview of "Time", a new movie by Kim Ki-duk, was held at a movie theater in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Kim was wearing dark-colored sunglasses because he "could not speak looking his acquaintances in the eye".
Renowned film director Kim Ki-duk has always been considered a maverick in the local film industry. Maverick in the sense that his films, while winning acclaim abroad, failed here. But even in that context, the,...More
The Pusan International Film Festival organizing commi,...More
Korean Films Enjoying Favorable Acclaim Abroad 2005/10/19, Source, In other news today -- Korean movies are gaining wider recognition abroad from both critics and audiences.
Kim Hyung-eun reports on how Korean directors and actors are being received in Europe.
I had been looking forward with excitement to the press meeting in Cinemateket with one of the most distinguished directors in Korean film. Kim Ki-duk enjoys great recognition throughout Europe, and in the four most recent,...More
CANNES, France - Registering a record presence of six full-length features invited to all official selections and one short competing in the Cinefondation, Korean cinema was set to fete another great year at the outset of the 58 th Cannes Film Festival.
How long a feature film will remain in the theaters is usually decided by its box-office performance in its first week. A weak showing means a film will quickly be pushed out of the theaters by potentially more lucrative movies.
Eight local films will be among the Asian films heading to the 58th Cannes Film Festival, taking part in competition and non-competition categories from May 11-22 and presents 53 films from 28 countries.
Art Film Director Tries New Strategy 2005/05/08, Source, Despite becoming a darling of the international festival circuit, director Kim Ki-duk has found little commercial success with his films domestically. So Kim says he will look for a different strategy when it comes to releasing his newest work,,...More
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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
Kim Ki –duk and his film The Bow has be invited to participate in the official competition of the 21th Mar Del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina (March 09-19). During the festival the organizers are programmed a retrospective with his best films. (official site: www.mardelplatafilmfest.com )
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