301, 302 (301/302) (1996)
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Critic Reviews for 301, 302 (301/302)
This feminist horror story from Korea is sluggishly paced and confusingly told with flashbacks within flashbacks.
Park Chul-soo focuses chiefly on three axes: Food, the connection between food and sex, and the reasons that led each of the women to their current stance towards it, in the first movie of contemporary S. Korean cinema where feminism is the main theme
The tone is one of comic horror, and the plot is driven by a killing, but the most alarming element in the film, to western eyes, is likely to be some of the dishes served.
Audience Reviews for 301, 302 (301/302)
"301, 302" starts with a detective coming to apartment #301 to ask Song-hee(Eun-jin Bang) if she has any idea what happened to Yun-hee(Sin-Hye Hwang) who lives in #302 and has apparently disappeared. At first, what she does know could fill a pamphlet, arriving after a divorce and after Yun-hee was already living in the building. So, while Yun-hee lived a quiet life amongst her books, that is disrupted by Song-hee building the perfect kitchen in her own apartment. She uses that new kitchen to cook all sorts of exotic dishes, keeping a journal of them. She even shares some of them with her neighbor who sadly cannot enjoy them. "301, 302" is a movie that definitely sets out to shock but instead is just going to have to settle for disquieting. A lot of that comes from a middling execution, especially tipping its hand much too early. Too much time is spent reliving the obvious details of Song-hee's marriage when instead it could have rather developed the relationship between the two women. On another level, the movie sort of wants to have something to say about women's roles and body issues. And excuse me for being literal but does Yun-hee not eat at all? If so, how does she remain active?
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