Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae)

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A man who has decided dogs are not his best friend takes matters into his own hands in this dark comedy from South Korea. A college professor (Lee Sung-jae), who with his wife is awaiting the birth of their baby, is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in the apartment complex they call home. In a fit of rage, he snaps and kills the dog in a nearby flat -- only to discover another dog is still barking somewhere in the building. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing, and the angry teacher is having to come up with new and creative ways to hide his grisly pastime. Meanwhile, the manager of the apartment building (Bae Doo-na) keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit. Puhran Dah Suh Uigeh was the first feature from director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Mar 23, 2012
    I'm a big fan of Bong Joon-ho's work. Three of my favorite Korean movies are movies he's directed (those being Memories of Murder, The Host and Mother), so I definitely wanted to see this movie. While it's an entertaining movie, it isn't consistently so. Some parts are simply better than others. Which can be said for almost every movie, but it's more noticeable here because of its consistency and pacing issues. But the movie really drags. It drags to the point where it'd have probably been a better as a short film instead of a full length one. It would've been funnier and definitely better paced. The movie does have it's very funny moments and likable leads (in spite of one of them being a dog murderer) and I can say that I still liked the movie with all of its faults.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    I loved it. First film from Joon-ho Bong, director of <i>The Hoste</i>. It's darkly funny. It mixes genres and tones, it's smart and deeper than what is may look on the surface. I highly recommend it.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    A wickedly smart and hilarious black comedy/social satire from the master of South Korean cinema himself, Bong Joon-Ho. It is a film about a struggling graduate student (Sung-Jae Lee) caught up the seemingly endless rat race of everyday life. The Seoul of Joon-Ho's mind is filled with a burnt out population who feel that they can only achieve greatness through unscrupulous avenues or in the unlikely event that they will end up on television. When Lee seems to be on the precipice of madness due to constant societal demands, his rage is projected onto a neighbors dog. What ensues next is an opaque but comical attempt to dispatch the poor animal. What sets Joon-Ho apart from his cohorts in Korean Cinema, namely Park Chan-Wook, is that he isn't there to solely shock the viewer. Sure the material makes for some surprising moments, but Joon-Ho brings up some important questions. Why do people pamper animals when they themselves must toil endlessly just to achieve sustenance? Why do people long to nourish animals when they are not nourished by their own caretakers? It is an interesting and thought provoking film that is wrapped in a delightful black comedy and is definative proof that South Korean directors are some of the most premiere filmmakers of this generation.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2010
    A strange little film, about a bunch of people living in a block of flats and some mysteriously vanishing mostly barky dogs. Not at all what I expected from the director of THE HOST and MEMORES OF MURDER., this one felt like a Mike Leigh film, if Mike Leigh happened to be Korean. I don't know if tha'ts a good thing or not.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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