on 31 January 2015
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.
on 29 August 2011
While not as stunning as his 3 Iron, one of the best films in 2008, this is nevertheless one of the best films from the Korean new wave of directors such as Kim Ki Duk and Lee Chang-Dong.
The central character is a condemned prisoner who repeatedly attempts suicide, thereby delaying his execution as the authorities have to let him recover so he will be fit for capital punishment.
The heroine is a woman who hears about him on the news and makes a number of surreal visits to him in prison.