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Samaria (Samaritan Girl)

Samaria (Samaritan Girl) (2004)

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South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk writes, directs, and edits Samaria (Samaritan Girl), an abstract drama told in three parts. In part one, "Vasumitra," best friends Yeo-jin (Gwak Ji-min) and Jae-yeong (Seo Min-jung) work together in a prostitution scam in order to save money for a trip. Jae-young is fatally injured and Yeo-jin carries out her final dying wishes. In part two, "Samaria," Yeo-jin finds all of her friend's old johns, sleeps with them, and returns their money. Then her police officer

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Drama, Horror, Art House & International

May 10, 2005

Tartan USA

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The preceding parts are so literal minded, as both puritanical and pornographic illustrations of an obnoxious male fantasy, that they strike me as alternately absurd and hypocritical.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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It's hard to say what Kim is driving at here.

May 3, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Samaritan Girl demeure l'un des films les plus accessibles de la filmographie de Kim Ki-duk grâce à sa mise en scène volontairement simplifiée qui fonctionne à merveille.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

[A]rcane and provocative film... cements [Ki-duk Kim's] reputation as one of the most astonishing artists working in cinema today...

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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just doesn't jibe with any version of reality that I'm aware of

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An under-thought formula linking sex, youth, and violence.

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A wholly unique tale that gives expressive voice to the pains of childhood and the parents forced to bear witness.

June 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Audience Reviews for Samaria (Samaritan Girl)

Quite an unusual and interesting storyline, one that starts in a direction and ends up in a completely opposite direction.

A very watchable film, but also quite easily forgettable.
August 27, 2009
76Majikat

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Kim Ki Duk film's are such mixed bags, they have some very good moments, then some very retarded and stupid moments that almost makes you forget about the good ones. It seems as if the guy can't decide what to do, a "shock" flick, or some spiritual-esque thing about the human condition and growing up and such. He's a bit like Michael Haneke in the way that his stories and characters stop acting like normal humans would do in the same situations and start behaving in a certain way just fo fill the mechanics of the plot.

This one is a bit more focused than other films KKD has made, but i still just can't get it into it. Maybe if he wasn't so worried about shocking and using pointless "symbolism" and was rather focused in writing a story the guy could improve. The directs well his actors, and that's mostly why i'm giving the ammount of stars.
January 14, 2008
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A film of such amazing power that I watched it three times in a row from 2 in the morning til 6:30. Most all other films I would have fallen asleep. The performances are incredible, but it is really Duk's handling of the films issues as well as the fathers emotional journey that make this film a must see for all.
September 7, 2006
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