Barking Dogs Never Bite. 2000. South Korea. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. With Lee Sung-jae, Bae Doo-na. 35mm. In Korean; English subtitles. 110 min.
Bong Joon-ho, recipient of the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or for Parasite, is of that rare breed who can make films that earn both popular and critical acclaim. His witty dramas provide both incisive sociopolitical observations and riveting surprises. Like Parasite, Bong’s debut feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite, is a black comedy dealing with class and economic disparity. Yun-ju has the unfortunate life of a graduate student in the Humanities—considered the worst possible husband material! Submissive to his pregnant wife (and household breadwinner), Yun-ju turns his anger on a yapping dog in his apartment complex. You may not want to know what befalls the cute little beast, but rest assured no animals were harmed during the making of the film.