Address Unknown (2001)
Address Unknown (2001)
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Following up on his hallucinatory meditation on sex, death, and fish hooks in The Isle, Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk spins this brutal exploration on the lingering anger and exploitation of America's occupation of South Korea. Even though all her letters are returned stamped "Address Unknown," a middle-aged woman nevertheless compulsively writes letter after letter to the American soldier with whom she bore an African-American/Korean child. Her son, named Chang-guk, is the object of societal scorn and rejection and can only get a job as a dog butcher, a job he executes with a certain amount of grim pleasure. He finds himself attracted to a high school girl with a degenerative eye condition who is trapped in an abusive relationship with an American G.I. His love for the girl and his free-floating rage against society fuels a violent outburst that changes everyone's lives. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi … More
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It's difficult to recommend Ki-duk Kim's films. His movies are never complacent, but even the most passionate examples can be dull. Address Unknown is one such film, an explosive concept made dull by a director still learning his craft and working out the kinks. Fans of the director will still want to check it out, but this one is not necessary viewing.
The film also suffers from some truly terrible performances by the actors playing American soldiers. The American soldier has an important place in the plot, but the actor's performance is so cartoonish that it's distracting every time he's on screen. This portrayal may be the way that Koreans see the American soldiers stationed there, but it still doesn't line up with the rest of the film.
I like Kim Ki-Duk films... 3-Iron, Spring Summer Autumn Winter, Bi-Mong - they meander along but I'm always happy to follow. This is one of his depressing films, where dislikable people do dislikable things to each other, themselves and, in this case, dogs. All the main characters have some kind of major breakdown by the end and you'd be hard pushed to find any kind of redemptive message anywhere but if that doesn't bother you then give it a go.
This is a story of an angry young man borned as a mixed Black-Korean dispised by the entire society he lived in. He lived in an abandoned school bus with his mother who wrote letters daily to her American lover; who always got her letters returned and stamped with "address unknown" from the US. He worked with a violent ex-militant step-father who brutally killed dogs for money. He tried not to learn to hate but still dispised himself and his mother's hopeless insanity of writing letters every single day. The young man later helped an often-bullied friend, also an outcast, who wished to go abroad and study English, to fulfill his long American dream. His friend then fell in love with a next-door girl who lost an eye but also wished to go to America. Later, she betrayed her love to be with a drug-abused American G.I., who's frustrated by this meaningless cold-war, so she could get her eye fixed. All four youngsters met tragic endings. This is a reflection of reality of all the scars that fills in a post-war and a divided country. Through the fictional but very possible reality of hatred and regrets, the movie is not to teach us to hate but to learn to stop hating before the chain and result of hate begins .
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