Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Samaritan Girl (2004)

Director: Ki-duk Kim. Cast: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee. 95 min. Rated R. South Korea. Drama.

For some reason, Korean movies always deal with extremes. Two schoolgirls, one a prostitute, the other her solicitor. The prostitute jumps out a window and dies, so the other girl decides to sleep with all her friend's clients and return their money, to give them a guilty conscience (i.e., Samaritan Girl). Her father, who's a cop, finds out, and goes on a deadly rampage. How much more extreme does it get? A well-constructed film, but hard to relate with such a story. From the director of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, viewers may be divided on this one.

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