Barking Dogs Never Bite

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Movie Info

Frustrated with loud barking, an academic (Sung-jae Lee) wages war against dogs in his apartment building.

Cast & Crew

Sung-jae Lee
Yun-ju
Doona Bae
Hyeon-nam
Tae-woong Derek Son
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Critic Reviews for Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2)

  • A mordant affair, presenting itself as wryly funny in its observations of human foibles, while in fact exposing the cruel underbelly of 'modern behaviourism'...

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is by turns wacky, farcical and grimly realist.

    September 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully directed, unsentimental and darkly funny.

    April 8, 2020 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Barking Dogs Never Bite is uneven, unnecessarily provocative, and exhausts its central premise long before the closing credits, but it's invigorating to watch regardless.

    April 8, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • An idiosyncratic worldview and an eccentric sense of humor enliven Korean newcomer Bong Joon-ho's Barking Dogs Never Bite, a black comedy with a smattering of social commentary.

    February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

    David Rooney

    Variety
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  • Bong's film is a sprawling affair, taking place mainly in Yun-ju's apartment block, complete with a shadowy basement, with the jazzy score reflecting the way the action bounces forward and backward to unexpected places.

    September 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae)

  • 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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