Breath 2007


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Prison-set drama by Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. When death row convict Jang Jin (Chang Chen) tries to kill himself by stabbing himself in the neck with a sharpened toothbrush, his suicide attempt fails. However, the incident is picked up by the national news, where it catches the attention of middle class housewife Yeon (Park Ji Ah). Although Yeon's life appears idyllic on the surface, her husband (Ha Jung Woo) is having an affair and she is lonely and directionless. Moved by Jang Jin's story, Yeon impulsively decides to go and meet him in prison, where a tentative relationship develops between the two.

Ha Jung-woo, Chen Chang
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Ha Jung-woo, Chen Chang
Director Kim Ki-Duk
Genres Drama, Romance
Rental release 26 July 2010
Main languages Korean
Subtitles English

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It's a beautifully made and directed movie about a woman in what we in the west would call an abusive marriage, who falls in love with a condemned man just on the information presented on the evening news. And that is where it starts to get a bit difficult to judge whether her relationship with her husband might be considered "normal" in Korea and whether the Korean prison system would really allow a total stranger to come in and visit a man on death row. It does, however, give an interesting insight in their penal system in which four condemned men share a single cell with a single mattress being the only furnishing. Lots of sub-plots around the relationships between the main characters and those around them. The extremely slow pace tends to push the movie towards being an "art" movie but it does all strain credibility just a bit too much for me. Judge for yourself.
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