Containment had not gone so well in Asia. The screenplay cried out for the kind of expressionist cinematic technique counterpointing the absurdity and nastiness of the superficially "funny" exchanges, but as it is presented, the mise en scene becomes repetitive and, eventually, tiring I assume this attention-deficit editing style was not suggested by the veteran editor Pak Kok-ji.
This crew includes a stock group of characters, the lothario, the comedian, etc. The film itself has got somewhat lost in the controversy surrounding its release, at which time a judge from the Seoul Central Court ordered that four minutes of documentary footage be removed, since it might "confuse" viewers as to what is fact and what is fiction.
The appearance of this blurry image is so brief that the film-maker replays it several times and even circles the area we need to be looking in order for us to see it.
Yu Ji-tae presents a credible audience identification figure, whose faith in human reason and decency becomes severely tested. Lighting and sound design are superbly done, however, working with the muted, toned down palette and showing admirable restraint in illustrating the presence of the supernatural.
Our co-teachers would complain about some difficult students, but their complaints are about disinterested or tired students, rather than violent or rude students.
More and more newspapers began to compare its success with that of another sleeper hit, The Way Home, but Marathon soon out-performed that movie as well.
The dead want neither revenge nor truth: He has promised to keep subsequent reviews to a more moderate size, at least until Park releases his next film.
Mixed in with the cruelty is a bit of absurd, black humor in the middle reels, but not enough to lessen the heavy feel of the work as a whole. In The Bow, however, once the ground rules are established, Kim has little left to fall back upon. After he takes third place in a 10km marathon, his mother sets her goals for her son to run a full km marathon in under four hours.
More out of frustration than anything else, he takes up boxing. Korean students work way to hard. A student picking fights, doing drugs, skipping class and so on is just about unheard of here in Korea.
True, the fact that the audience does not receive sufficient "exposition" about what exactly is going on is in itself not such a serious problem. However the score is sappy, not particularly melodic, and repetitive enough to make this minute film a very frustrating experience. The 13th Bomb Squadron Association presents a series of pages highlighting some of the more colorful examples of Korean War "nose art.
But if Song betrayed the spirit of the omnibus project, he remained true to the needs of his film. They are so strong especially the dignified grandmother played by Won Mo-won that they overshadow Lee Young-ae.
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