Hwal (The Bow) (2007)


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A crusty old man and his teenage bride-to-be find their secluded life at sea turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious teenage boy in The Isle director Kim Ki-duk's quiet and contemplative drama. They've been together for ten years, and as the girl's seventeenth birthday draws near so does the union of this unlikely May-December couple. Aside from his young companion, the thing in life that the old man holds dearest to his heart is his bow. Not only is the bow an effective means of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Hwal (The Bow)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

An elegiac portrait of elemental love complicated by the outside world.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Top Critic

April 1, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Brushes close to offensive material, but it has an unexpected sweetness and skill that keeps it from toppling over the edge.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

How does the guy come up with this stuff?

Full Review… | July 19, 2007

Une oeuvre de synthèse consacrant les derniers efforts de Kim Ki-duk comme certains des plus importants du cinéma sud-coréen des années 2000.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007

A minor work from a major talent.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Hwal (The Bow)

Another piece of sublime Ki-Duk. Here he takes many of his previous themes (a strange and complex relationship) and joins it with his recurring motifs such as the surrounding environment being entirely water. This keeps are characters shut off and pure. The lack of dialogue is of course present (or not) as is the mistreatment of animals as symbolism. Ki-Duk has perfected his craft and the strangest thing here is despite the obvious darkness to the plot the film is very tame. Again it is the subtleties and slow unveiling of events that really help enhance the beauty of the film, even if it has been done better before.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Strange and moody character study about a old man and girl on a boat. Nothing much happens, but it's still weirdly intriguing. Not the best work from Ki-duk Kim.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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