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The Bow(Hwal)

  • Dir: Kim Ki-duk

  • South Korea, 2005, Korean, 90mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Han Yeo-reum, Jeon Sung-hwan, Seo Ji-seok

Returning to his floating-world allegory, the idiosyncratic director carries forward his themes of loneliness and erotic obsession on a fishing boat in an expansive ocean, where a crusty old man plans to marry his adopted girl when she turns 17. Their secluded life is disrupted when a college student comes aboard and tries to take her away. Rich in oneiric symbolism, the bow that the old fisherman cherishes functions as both weapon and muse – deadly to pervy men, musically for courtship, spiritually for fortune-telling, and ultimately, as an evocative shaft transforming a young girl into womanhood.

 

Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Section

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