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Samaria (2004)

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South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk writes, directs, and edits Samaria (Samaritan Girl), an abstract drama told in three parts. In part one, "Vasumitra," best friends Yeo-jin (Gwak Ji-min) and Jae-yeong (Seo Min-jung) work together in a prostitution scam in order to save money for a trip. Jae-young is fatally injured and Yeo-jin carries out her final dying wishes. In part two, "Samaria," Yeo-jin finds all of her friend's old johns, sleeps with them, and returns their money. Then her police officer father, Yeong-gi (Lee Eol), finds out what she's doing. In part three, "Sonata," Yeong-gi attempts to confront his daughter about her actions. Kim Ki-duk won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Cast

Gwak Ji-min
as Yeo-jin
Min-jung Seo
as Jae-yeong
Gweon Hyeon-min
as Censor Seller No. 1
Oh Yong
as Musician
Im Gyun-Ho
as Neat Guy
Jung Yun-su
as Tough Guy
Lee Jeong-gil
as Lucky Guy
Shin Taek-gi
as Guy Who Kills Himself
Park Jun-gyu
as Guy Who Gets Killed
Jung-gi Park
as Guy Who Gets Killed
Kim Gwi-seon
as Censor Seller No. 2
Seo Seung-weon
as Guy in His 30s
Yu Jae-ik
as Passer-by
Jeon Jin-bae
as Cop No. 1
Yuk Sae-jin
as Cop No. 2
Hong Hye-ryung
as Wife of Guy Who Kills Himself
Seol Han-sol
as Daughter of Guy Who Kills Himself
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Critic Reviews for Samaria

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The preceding parts are so literal minded, as both puritanical and pornographic illustrations of an obnoxious male fantasy, that they strike me as alternately absurd and hypocritical.

June 24, 2005 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's hard to say what Kim is driving at here.

May 3, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An under-thought formula linking sex, youth, and violence.

June 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine
Top Critic

Samaritan Girl demeure l'un des films les plus accessibles de la filmographie de Kim Ki-duk grâce à sa mise en scène volontairement simplifiée qui fonctionne à merveille.

January 15, 2006 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

[A]rcane and provocative film... cements [Ki-duk Kim's] reputation as one of the most astonishing artists working in cinema today...

July 3, 2005 | Full Review…
Flick Filosopher

just doesn't jibe with any version of reality that I'm aware of

June 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Samaria

Quite an unusual and interesting storyline, one that starts in a direction and ends up in a completely opposite direction. A very watchable film, but also quite easily forgettable.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

Ki-duk Kim's movies are magical, Impressive & filled with symbols & metaphors & this one is no exception

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

Kim Ki Duk film's are such mixed bags, they have some very good moments, then some very retarded and stupid moments that almost makes you forget about the good ones. It seems as if the guy can't decide what to do, a "shock" flick, or some spiritual-esque thing about the human condition and growing up and such. He's a bit like Michael Haneke in the way that his stories and characters stop acting like normal humans would do in the same situations and start behaving in a certain way just fo fill the mechanics of the plot. This one is a bit more focused than other films KKD has made, but i still just can't get it into it. Maybe if he wasn't so worried about shocking and using pointless "symbolism" and was rather focused in writing a story the guy could improve. The directs well his actors, and that's mostly why i'm giving the ammount of stars.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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