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The Bow [2005] [DVD]

Yeo-Reum Han , Si-Jeok Seo , Ki-Duk Kim    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Yeo-Reum Han, Si-Jeok Seo
  • Directors: Ki-Duk Kim
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU9L38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Kim Ki-duk is without question one of the world s most talented directors who has produced a succession of critically acclaimed pictures that have ranged from the controversial Bad Guy to the stunning Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring. On a fishing boat out at sea, a 60 year old man has raised a young girl since she was just a baby. Living a sheltered life, they earn a living by renting their boat out to local fisherman and spend their time performing divination ceremonies. As the girl approaches her seventeenth birthday, the age she has agreed to marry her companion, her life is thrown into chaos with the arrival of a young man who quickly falls for her. Captivating and beautifully shot, The Bow is another high class offering from a prolific yet hugely eclectic director. Special Features: - The Making Of The Bow - Original Theatrical Trailer - Film Notes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of World Cinema 7 Oct 2008
Kim Ki-Duk is a very prolific director, and sometimes falls short as a result of it, but this is a perfectly realised fable. It's not a film to be approached in any spirit of realism, except Magic Realism.

I won't go through the plot which is summarised elsewhere, but its simplicity allows for a kind of poetry of composition and a wonderfully fluent deliberate pacing which is quite hypnotic. As mentioned elsewhere, there is very little dialogue, and the heroine's silence (and almost impossible beauty) gives her a kind of mystery and allure which resonates beyond the immediate.

I don't see the lack of dialogue as any kind of weakness. The two central characters have lived together on a tiny boat for ten years, they have gone beyond words, and so when the cracks appear with the appearance of Youth, Progress, "Civilisation", at the time they might need words, they can't find them. This fuels the tragedy.

Kim revisits themes and situations he had previously used in "The Isle" The Isle [2000], a more extremely violent movie, but there are arbitrary plot elements there and a kind of glib pessimism about the impossibility of love. Here love and growth are painful, but possible, and the final renunciation by the old man is - yes - magical, as Age gives way to Youth, as it surely must.

A beautifully crafted and coherent vision, made with the most economical of means, a handful of actors, a single location. The images will stay with you.

This went straight into my personal Top Ten Best Films ever, replacing Kurasawa's "Throne of Blood". Yes, it's that good.
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This is a simple, beautiful, fairytale style film by the often controversial but always interesting Kim Ki-Duk. This particular film is not as exrtreme as any of his other work and would be on a par with 3-iron or Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring which means you could probs watch this with your Gran.
The two main characters don't speak a single word in the entire film. When most poor Hollywood movies have characters speaking loads of uninteresting exposistion because they don't trust the audience to be smart enough to follow along this is very refreshing. The tale is deceptively very simple but very deep and is about love and control.
Although the leads never speak the film is far from quiet thanks to an amazing score that is really beautiful. Set pretty much on a single location of an old boat it is amazing how much colour he brings into the film. There are loads of bright primary colours all over the place and the cinematography is top notch and absorbing creating a film that is both very real and very fairy tale like at the same time. The performances are great as well as every other aspect of the filmmaking.
It's not my favorite Kim Ki-Duk and it wouldn't even be in my top 3 of his but it's still a very interesting and captivating film. The reason for this is that it doesn't pack the punch of many of his other works, which although may be `extreme' are certainly unforgettable. In comparison to Kim Ki-Duks other films it would only be 4 out of 5 as it is not as bold or striking as his other works. However, although the story is simpler he still puts all his talent into what is a captivating and mesmerizing experience. Judging the film purely on its own merits it is a solid 5 out of 5 and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing piece of film-making 8 Feb 2009
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As a piece of cinema, "The Bow" stands somewhere between two of Ki-duk Kim's other water-based films, "The Isle" and "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring" ... Beautiful cinematography, intense emotional conflict and the gradual unwinding of an unexpected resolution link all three films. "The Bow", however, lacks a certain punch in comparison to the dark menace of "The Isle"; and whereas "Spring, Summer, Autumn and Spring" follows a reasonably conventional (Buddhist?) plot-line, "The Bow" has a certain tendency to meander along without seeming to know where its going. In the film's favour, it's exactly the right length: the final denouement comes just as one might have become impatient. And "The Bow" excels in its use of colour and contrast: in this particular respect, it outstrips just about every other cinematic offering from Korea (or anywhere else, for that matter). The soundtrack is evocative, without ever convincing - that music could never be produced by such a makeshift instrument! 'Suspension of disbelief' is one thing; taking the viewer for granted, quite another. So, all in all, I can only judge that Kim's "The Bow" pleases without really hitting the mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvel 26 Oct 2008
Kim Ki-duk continues to prove himself one of the most daring directors around. A truly wonderful, evocative movie. For much ofits running time it's silent, the 2 main characters don't even speak for the length of the movie. A classic example of 'show-don't tell.' Daring and imaginative but with a coherent story to tell. An adult fairytale. Buy, watch and then watch again. Easily one of the best movies of the 21st century so far....A good companion piece to Ki-duks equally amazing '3 Iron'.
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