Starring: Yang Dong-Guen, Kim Young Min, Ban Min-Jeong, Jo Jae-Hyun, Bang Eun-Jin
Director: Kim Ki-Deok
Studio: Enter One
About This DVD
Director Kim Gi-Deok and actor Jo Jae-Hyeon took their film, Address Unknown, to the Venice International Film Festival. This is the second time for one of Kim Ki-duk’s films to be invited to the prestigious festival for competition, after The Isle. The 58th Venice Film Festival, which ran from Aug. 29 through Sept. 8, 2001, decided to screen “Address Unknown” as its opening movie.
This film follows the lives of three youths in the 1970s, with a U.S. Army base as a backdrop. The director’s “implied violence,” one of the dramatic devices he often takes up, is contrasted with three youngsters, who were rejected from society after the Korean War.
The main character, Chang-guk, is the offspring of a Korean bar waitress and an African-American soldier. Eun-ok, with a cataract in her left eye, is a girl who agrees to bestow her body to an American soldier in exchange for getting eye surgery, and Ji-hum is a silent boy who can’t manage to deal with his disabled Korean War veteran father.
As we have seen in so many novels, dramas and movies, Chang-guk’s mother, a former prostitute, writes a string of letters to her husband, who has left for the U.S. She anxiously tells her son that his father will soon bring them to the U.S. Her letters, however, are always returned with the stamp “Address Unknown” on the envelope, where the title of the movie comes.
Kim implied that all the characters, not only Ji-hum’s father, are “disabled veterans of the Korean War,” although none of them seem to realize that.
Jo Jae-Hyeon, who turned up as a “dog butcher” who met his death after being attacked by a flock of angry animals, and who starred in Kim’s recently completed film Bad Guy, accompanied him to the film festival.
Four people ravaged by war live in a quiet little town located on the outskirts of an American military base. Chang-guk and his mother live in a red abandoned bus. Chang-guk's mother writes to Chang-guk's father who was a black soldier stationed in Korea but who now has left them behind to go back to America. Although each of her letters come back to her stamped with "Address Unknown" she does not give up. Chang-guk despises his mother and often beats her for her actions who is defenseless. Ji-heum is a timid youth who does not attend high school but instead works at a local portrait studio.
He is oftentimes overwhelmed by his overbearing father who claims he was a war hero. Ji-heum has a secret crush on Eun-ok, a girl who can only see out of her one eye. He tries in vain to protect her. Eun-ok lives in pain of having to live day to day with her condition, which was a result of her older brother's prank. She hides half of her face behind her hair and has also withdrawn from the world. She falls for James, an American soldier who promises to pay for her eye surgery. Chang-guk is abused and ridiculed by the town's people for being mixed and his sole patron is his boss, Dog Eye, who is the local dog butcher. All four lives collide as each individual's hope for a better future return to them unfulfilled.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround, DTS|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Subtitles:||English, French, Italian, Korean|
|Running Time:||116 / 34|
|Special Features:||* Synopsis
* Still Gallery
* About Movie
* Filmography Biography
* Interview with Kim Ki Duk
* Kim Ki Duk…s Ideal
* Kim Ki Duk…s Gallery
* The 58th Venice International Film Festival
* Making of Film
* Theatrical Trailer
* Cast interview
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