Hwal (The Bow)

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A crusty old man and his teenage bride-to-be find their secluded life at sea turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious teenage boy in The Isle director Kim Ki-duk's quiet and contemplative drama. They've been together for ten years, and as the girl's seventeenth birthday draws near so does the union of this unlikely May-December couple. Aside from his young companion, the thing in life that the old man holds dearest to his heart is his bow. Not only is the bow an effective means of warding off would-be suitors who would seek to spirit away his young shipmate, but a shamanistic fortune-telling device and a musical instrument capable of producing enchanting melodies as well. After drifting on the ocean waves together for an entire decade, this couple suddenly finds the waters becoming treacherous not by the wrath of mother nature, but the introduction of a teenage boy whose presence quickly upsets the pending wedding plans. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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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