The Bow

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An elderly man (Jeon Sung-hwan) lives a quiet, monastic life on his fishing boat with a beautiful teenage girl (Han Yeo-reum) he has raised since taking her in as a small child. The pair plan to marry on her upcoming 17th birthday. The old man protects the girl from his leering fishing-trip customers with his treasured bow, a combination weapon and musical instrument. But one day a young man (Seo Ji-seok) appears, and for the first time, the girl imagines life away from the boat.

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Critic Reviews for Hwal (The Bow)

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Audience Reviews for Hwal (The Bow)

  • Sep 05, 2008
    The Bow is one of the most complicated and symbolic films of Kim Ki-Duk. The film is a metaphor about life and about our inner demons that we sometimes don't know how to face. I won't say anything more about it, but I really love it. You'll find out more beautiful aspects and details each time you see it, and the more you see it, the more you get it. 80/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2007
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2007
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2007
    loved the fortune telling scenes with the swing on the side of the boat.
    steve c Super Reviewer

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