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Missed the mark
on 21 September 2009
Compared to Kim Ki Duk's incredible 3-IRON, and even compared to the lesser SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... AND SPRING -- this is a disappointment. And while the 2 main characters don't talk just like in those other movies, the supporting characters are relative chatterboxes which makes the silence of the 2 main characters seem unjustified (in fact, the writer cheats by having them whisper in someone's ear).
Like Kim Ki Duk's other movies, the heart of the plot integrates very questionable ethics with hardly any guilt. This is more noticeable in this film. As are the implausibilities. Ultimately, this film was too vague and the final act too mystical and symbolic to be satisfying for me.
While the acting by the old man is good, the the young actress had no depth.
I'll give it 3 stars cuz it kept my interest up by successfully conveying the emotional struggle -- and it was imaginative. That'll be enuf to keep me interested in Kim's other works.