Tuesday, October 31, 2006


The Birdcage Inn (파란대문)

파란대문 Thanks Taro who just came back from Pusan International Film Festival and brought back some DVDs, including a few Kim Ki-duk's early films. So I had some overdose of Kim last couple days.

"The Birdcage Inn" (파란대문) is about this young girl Jin-a moves in a family inn as "the girl" by the locals, so the landlady can make money from her prostitution activity. As a consequence, this "family" business gets everybody involved deeper than they anticipated.

Director Kim never shies away from shocking his audience by his original characters. I really like some of them in this film. Most of the men seem ordinary and they are not bad people (except one), but they all seem to surrender to their sexual urge.

It's a sad story with great performance by the lead actress. But I feel it's a little strange why the girl has to stay at the inn to be a prostitute.

My rating: 7 out of 10.

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