2001. South Korea. Kim Ki-Duk. 117 min.
Thursday, May 8, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2001. South Korea. Directed by Kim Ki-Duk. Screenplay by Kim Ki-Duk. With Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Young-min Kim, Eun-jin Bang, Gye-nam Myeong. One of Kim's more hot-blooded and extravagantly brutal melodramas imagines a village, Pyongtaek, in the 1970s, where commerce is intricately bound to an American army base. A mother and son live in an abandoned bus, where she writes to the boy's father, a black G.I., only to have the letters returned marked "address unknown." Her lover is a man who butchers dogs, and her son is his reluctant assistant; the son's acquaintances include a young girl blind in one eye, the girl's beloved pet dog, and a very shy boy. Communication takes place mainly through violent action. In Korean; English subtitles. 117 min.