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A beautiful film with an amazing score and performances
on 3 July 2013
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.