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Address Unknown [DVD] [2001]

Dong-kun Yang , Min-jung Ban , Kim Ki-duk    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Young-min Kim, Eun-jin Bang, Gye-nam Myeong
  • Directors: Kim Ki-duk
  • Producers: Seung-jae Lee
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000F6IIKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,660 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean drama. When a middle-aged woman tries to track down the American soldier who fathered her during the Korean War, her letters are all returned unopened. Her son, already bullied at school, falls in love with a girl who is in an abusive relationship with an American soldier stationed in Korea. Angered at the girl's rejection of him, the boy's violent reaction has drastic consequences for everyone involved.

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South Korean drama from acclaimed director Kim Ki-Duk (The Isle; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring) which looks at the aftermath of the Korean War, in particular, through the eyes of the 3 main young characters, who though born after it ended are still suffering the consequences years later.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best kim ki duk 17 Mar 2013
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absolute mind blowing a lesson to anyone who wants to make a movie, everything is in it a masterpiece in its kind
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing yet rivetting 11 Dec 2005
By Jessica M. Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this movie at the theater in France, with french subtitles. It was the most disturbing movie I've ever seen in my life. I also wouldnt recommend it for those with weak stomachs or for the faint of heart. That said, I'd really reccommend watching it. It's one of those movies that take the unbelieveable and make them real. The type where at first all you can say is "wow", but that afterwards you can discuss at length. I think I'll buy it to show my family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something quite different from Hollywood 12 Mar 2006
By Helen Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Korean film is growing in many good ways, in ways that set it apart from the mindless tripe that comes out of Hollywood nowadays. "Address Unknown" is a film with a heavy message, a message about the civil war in Korea and how it had touched so many different people in horrific ways and how it still shapes the lives of people today. This is an incredibily violent film too. Many Hollywood-style thrillers have lots of guns and bombs, complete with macho he-men that grimace but this film portrays a level of slow, on-going violence that unmatched in Hollywood. Here, one finds the pain and rage of mixed-race children and their burdens, the petty, evil of dog-man and his debased sense of ethics, a sterotype of the American soldier who seems to never be quite right in his head or heart. One can find the moral degradation that haunts parts of Korea, due to the presence of the American military. True, they are there to protect South Korea but can they protect against the spiritual and moral decay from within?

This is the kind of film that can haunt and stay inside ones head for days afterwards, thus if one wants to see a very meaningful example of Korean cinematography, by all means see this film but be aware that this is one heavy piece of work that can leave a mark. Beware.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal 12 July 2008
By Phillip Royer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Address Unknown is about the occupants of a small town situated next to an American military base in the Korean countryside. Writer/Director Kim goes beyond mere indictment of American presence. He displays brother against brother (North vs. South) and calls into question the responses to it.

This one is probably for Kim Ki-Duk completists only. It is a remarkable film in its relentless presentation of pain. Every single scene in this 2 hour film involves pain, emotional or physical.

An American soldier pays for the surgery so a young Korean girl can regain the sight in her impotent, freaky looking right eye and then wants her to be his sweetheart in return, wink-wink. When she shows a little interest in the Korean boy who liked her just the way she was before the surgery, the American becomes incredulous and tries to hurt her but before he can she pokes her own eye out to erase her debt to the soldier. Meanwhile, the Korean boy who liked her just the way she was schemes to kill the two Korean boys who have been stealing his money and beating him up. When the girl looks freaky again and goes to express her love to the Korean boy, she finds him in jail for shooting the American soldier in the genitals with a bow and arrow.

That's only one of the subplots. I've seen a lot of films about pain and despair but none that have been so oppressively constant in their execution. This is a great film by one of the great contemporary directors but you need to be ready for it or you may be repulsed. It's not slasher film gross at all. The really dirty stuff, like hanging dogs from a tree and beating them to death with a baseball bat, is done off camera.
1.0 out of 5 stars Anilmal abuse dvd 14 May 2013
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This dvd should have warning for animal abuse "sensitive naterials" print big in front of the cover.I watched it until a dag was being buctrd then I stopped. Now I am selling it on Amazon. It is very distrubing if you like dogs. Please do not watchit, the images will stick with you for a long time.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good film from very good director 25 Oct 2006
By RC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Everytime i experience a Kim Ki-Duk film i become more and more of a fan of his work... the last film being his seasons film (winter.. spring.. summer) he is the only reason i rented this upon seeing it at blockbuster when browsing for rentals not thinking much of it (i had a great lineup of dawn of the dead / devil's rejects / assault on precinct 13 and this film all the others are great films) and this was the last film i watched after a 3 movie mini marathon at about 4am.

first thing i should mention is anyone experienced with asian cinema knows that asian films can be very slow paced especially because there isn't a big focus on dialogue as in say american cinema so you will get long scenes where maybe someone doesn't even speak which i personally like alot because it just goes well with the style of film.. just a prewarning to anyone not experienced in asian cinema of how different film is from other places than asia.

This film focuses on a group of very troubled youths to a destructive end and the people surrounding them.

The 3 main youths are as follows:

Chang-guk:

A "crossbreed" half black/korean teen who lives with his mother and her boyfriend in a stationary bus... he has major issues because he takes alot of crap for being a halfbreed and has alot of issues with his mother and frequently will smack her around... my feeling was because he has hate for her because she made him a crossbreed. His father was a black american soldier who for reasons not explained he and his mother have no contact with any longer.

He works with his mother's boyfriend "dog eye" in the dog butcher business where he brutally kills dogs to sell the meat to diners... if you are an animal lover it can be pretty painful to watch some of these scenes (at the beginning of the film it does say no animals were harmed in this film but it is still kind of hard to watch) and he becomes friends with Jihum after helping him a few times from bullies.

Jihum:

A very quiet and shy teen who is constantly bullied by 2 thugs.. they even steal his money after he gets paid all the time and he never sticks up for himself.. sometimes Chang-Guk will help him.

he has strong feelings for Eunok of whom he spends his night peeping on through a hole in her bedroom... he tries to approach her a few times with futile results but does eventually form a relationship.

Eunok:

A pretty girl who has a deformed eye which occured as a kid when her brother shot her in the eye with a toy gun... she is ashamed of it and she wears one side of her hair over the eye.. she is very disturbed and has a vile relationship with a puppy in which she undresses except for a overgown and has the puppy up her skirt area and gets off on it... sick stuff to say the least.

these 3 main disturbed youths are the main characters in which the whole thing surrounds... alot more characters are involved from these characters such as fathers/mothers and 1 fragile american soldier also is heavily showcased as he forms a relationship with Eunok.

I really enjoyed this film... it was quite disturbing in alot of ways but i am quite used to disturbing subjects in film... the acting wasn't that great from these young actors and i particularly didn't like the american soldier's acting but the director outshines any bad acting.. with beautiful scenes and an ethereal vision.

i wouldn't reccommend this film to people not into asian cinema there are many others i would go with before this to introduce myself to the awesomeness that is asian cinema.. but for the already introduced fan i would definitely recommend this.

i will be exploring more of Kim Ki-Duk's work in the future he is a hidden gem of cinema.
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