Samaritan Girl (Samaria) Reviews

  • Jun 19, 2015

    Well, at least the characters talk, something kind of rare in a movie by Kim Ki-Duk. Hard to decipher character motivations in this (for instance, why does the father continue to torture himself by following his daughter to her "outings" instead of disciplining her - or at least trying to - from doing it again?), but it does leave sort of an enigmatic impression, part of the surreality that Kim Ki-Duk's films I've seen in the past like to explore.

    Well, at least the characters talk, something kind of rare in a movie by Kim Ki-Duk. Hard to decipher character motivations in this (for instance, why does the father continue to torture himself by following his daughter to her "outings" instead of disciplining her - or at least trying to - from doing it again?), but it does leave sort of an enigmatic impression, part of the surreality that Kim Ki-Duk's films I've seen in the past like to explore.

  • Apr 02, 2015

    The movie totally belongs to Kim-Ki-Duk.The movie is weird,strange,hypothetical but it sticks with you till the end. Its not your regular cinema so dont go in their expecting something happy. It's disturbing but its bloody brilliant. Director Kim-Ki-Duk paints a picture of aspirations of two girls which makes them take a path which is extremely graphic and sometimes violent. The end is something which would make you scratch your head because it's more about the feel and emotion. Do take sometime out of your schedule and watch this masterpiece. You may not like it, but it would change your perception about film making.

    The movie totally belongs to Kim-Ki-Duk.The movie is weird,strange,hypothetical but it sticks with you till the end. Its not your regular cinema so dont go in their expecting something happy. It's disturbing but its bloody brilliant. Director Kim-Ki-Duk paints a picture of aspirations of two girls which makes them take a path which is extremely graphic and sometimes violent. The end is something which would make you scratch your head because it's more about the feel and emotion. Do take sometime out of your schedule and watch this masterpiece. You may not like it, but it would change your perception about film making.

  • Jul 27, 2014

    Ki-duk Kim's works has an aura of it's country of origin and IMHO this is kim's best

    Ki-duk Kim's works has an aura of it's country of origin and IMHO this is kim's best

  • Jan 02, 2014

    I've seen several movies by this director who is not afraid of controversy and breaking the boundaries of conventional story-telling. This movie is not an exception - it's highly symbolic with numerous biblical references and is obviously not to be taken literally. It's thought-provoking, but in all honesty, I'm having a hard time grasping the moral of the story - it almost feels like a few pieces of the puzzle are missing.

    I've seen several movies by this director who is not afraid of controversy and breaking the boundaries of conventional story-telling. This movie is not an exception - it's highly symbolic with numerous biblical references and is obviously not to be taken literally. It's thought-provoking, but in all honesty, I'm having a hard time grasping the moral of the story - it almost feels like a few pieces of the puzzle are missing.

  • May 06, 2013

    Samaria (Samaritan Girl) (Ki-duk Kim, 2004) Ki-duk Kim makes very beautiful movies that, in the main, I have never found myself able to connect with; I can appreciate films like Seom or Nabbeun Namja, but while watching them I could never find an in to emotionally bond with any of the characters. Samaria is the first Ki-duk Kim movie I've seen where I found that-though I never did get over my amusement that much of the connection I ended up feeling to our two main characters is lifted from what I am choosing to think of as Kim's extended homage to Takeshi Kitano's Sonatine, released a decade before-and as such, I simply liked it better than any of the Kim flicks I've had a chance to take in to date. Netflix's plot synopsis makes it seem like the first half-hour of the movie is actually all the important bits, so let me set the record a little straighter-yes, the first bit of the movie focuses on amateur prostitute Jae-young (Yeo-reum Han in her first screen appearance-she would work with Kim again the next year in The Bow) and her friend/manager Yeo-jin (Wishing Stairs' Ji-min Kwak), who wrestles with the ethics of the thing even while planning to reap the benefits (Jae-young got into the game in order to be able to afford for both of them to be able to take a trip to Europe the next summer). Tragedy strikes when Yeo-jin is momentarily distracted, and Yeo-jin is left trying to understand Jae-young's assertions that she liked, and felt close to, the men who paid her. Yeo-jin feels compelled to travel the same path in order to come to some sort of understanding-but when her father, Yeong-ki (H's Eol Lee), finds out, bad things start happening as Yeong-ki, in turn, takes the first steps to understanding where his daughter is coming from. At the risk of a minor spoiler: approximately the final third of the film takes place on what ends up being a bungled trip to visit Yeong-ki's wife's grave that strands the two of them in the (very beautiful) middle of nowhere; this is the portion that I referred to above as an extended homage to Sonatine (but without the Yakuza angle). As should be-hopefully-obvious from the description above, Samaritan Girl is ultimately a movie about people who are so broken they no longer have any way of communicating with those around them. (Figurative representations of Hee-jin's literal muteness in Seom; lack of communication is a frequent theme of Kim's.) However, they don't realize they're broken until something horrible befalls them (or, in the case of Yeong-ki's relationship with his wife specifically, a good amount of time after something horrible befalls them, like her death). The main thrust of the movie-its main point of conflict, if you will-is Yeo-jin and Yeong-ki trying to even define what's wrong with their relationship, but without realizing anything is Yeo-jin is far too distracted by her quest to give any thought to her relationship with her father at all; Yeong-ki thinks, at least until he finds out what's going on, that he and his daughter have a normal relationship. (And here, of course, is the crux of the matter: we have to ask ourselves, given the limited information given to us, whether he does, and if so, whether Kim is casting aspersions on the current "normal" human mode of relationships; this is certainly not out of the question.) I'm not sure what the difference is between this and the other Kim movies I've seen, but here we had characters who were relatable, even in the odd situations into which Kim flung them on a regular basis, and more to the point, likable despite/within their flaws. And, it should go without saying, this too is a very pretty film, like everything Kim does. But there is more substance here, at least it seemed so to me. *** 1/2

    Samaria (Samaritan Girl) (Ki-duk Kim, 2004) Ki-duk Kim makes very beautiful movies that, in the main, I have never found myself able to connect with; I can appreciate films like Seom or Nabbeun Namja, but while watching them I could never find an in to emotionally bond with any of the characters. Samaria is the first Ki-duk Kim movie I've seen where I found that-though I never did get over my amusement that much of the connection I ended up feeling to our two main characters is lifted from what I am choosing to think of as Kim's extended homage to Takeshi Kitano's Sonatine, released a decade before-and as such, I simply liked it better than any of the Kim flicks I've had a chance to take in to date. Netflix's plot synopsis makes it seem like the first half-hour of the movie is actually all the important bits, so let me set the record a little straighter-yes, the first bit of the movie focuses on amateur prostitute Jae-young (Yeo-reum Han in her first screen appearance-she would work with Kim again the next year in The Bow) and her friend/manager Yeo-jin (Wishing Stairs' Ji-min Kwak), who wrestles with the ethics of the thing even while planning to reap the benefits (Jae-young got into the game in order to be able to afford for both of them to be able to take a trip to Europe the next summer). Tragedy strikes when Yeo-jin is momentarily distracted, and Yeo-jin is left trying to understand Jae-young's assertions that she liked, and felt close to, the men who paid her. Yeo-jin feels compelled to travel the same path in order to come to some sort of understanding-but when her father, Yeong-ki (H's Eol Lee), finds out, bad things start happening as Yeong-ki, in turn, takes the first steps to understanding where his daughter is coming from. At the risk of a minor spoiler: approximately the final third of the film takes place on what ends up being a bungled trip to visit Yeong-ki's wife's grave that strands the two of them in the (very beautiful) middle of nowhere; this is the portion that I referred to above as an extended homage to Sonatine (but without the Yakuza angle). As should be-hopefully-obvious from the description above, Samaritan Girl is ultimately a movie about people who are so broken they no longer have any way of communicating with those around them. (Figurative representations of Hee-jin's literal muteness in Seom; lack of communication is a frequent theme of Kim's.) However, they don't realize they're broken until something horrible befalls them (or, in the case of Yeong-ki's relationship with his wife specifically, a good amount of time after something horrible befalls them, like her death). The main thrust of the movie-its main point of conflict, if you will-is Yeo-jin and Yeong-ki trying to even define what's wrong with their relationship, but without realizing anything is Yeo-jin is far too distracted by her quest to give any thought to her relationship with her father at all; Yeong-ki thinks, at least until he finds out what's going on, that he and his daughter have a normal relationship. (And here, of course, is the crux of the matter: we have to ask ourselves, given the limited information given to us, whether he does, and if so, whether Kim is casting aspersions on the current "normal" human mode of relationships; this is certainly not out of the question.) I'm not sure what the difference is between this and the other Kim movies I've seen, but here we had characters who were relatable, even in the odd situations into which Kim flung them on a regular basis, and more to the point, likable despite/within their flaws. And, it should go without saying, this too is a very pretty film, like everything Kim does. But there is more substance here, at least it seemed so to me. *** 1/2

  • Mar 27, 2013

    Much better than his previous efforts Spring... Spring and Bad Guy. A triptych of grotesque beauty. "Samaritan Girl is just the latest testament to Ki-duk Kim's cinematic genius." "A wholly unique tale that gives expressive voice to the pains of childhood and the parents forced to bear witness."

    Much better than his previous efforts Spring... Spring and Bad Guy. A triptych of grotesque beauty. "Samaritan Girl is just the latest testament to Ki-duk Kim's cinematic genius." "A wholly unique tale that gives expressive voice to the pains of childhood and the parents forced to bear witness."

  • Mar 12, 2013

    Like Kim Ki-duk's other films, "Samaritan Girl" is strange and filled with odd things to think about. The trouble is, nothing seems to connect here. While "3 Iron" and "S.S.F.W...S" feel cohesive and intriguing in their mystery, "Samaritan Girl" is just plain confusing. There's about a third of the movie that's brilliant. The other two thirds have flashes of interesting moments and a whole lot of "huh?". It doesn't seem as purposeful as his other films, which is a shame because there are moments where the lightbulb does go off. I just wish there were more.

    Like Kim Ki-duk's other films, "Samaritan Girl" is strange and filled with odd things to think about. The trouble is, nothing seems to connect here. While "3 Iron" and "S.S.F.W...S" feel cohesive and intriguing in their mystery, "Samaritan Girl" is just plain confusing. There's about a third of the movie that's brilliant. The other two thirds have flashes of interesting moments and a whole lot of "huh?". It doesn't seem as purposeful as his other films, which is a shame because there are moments where the lightbulb does go off. I just wish there were more.

  • Feb 17, 2013

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  • Jan 18, 2013

    Actually the climax of the movie is one of the best climaxes I ve ever seen. Quite a simple one you cant forget easily.

    Actually the climax of the movie is one of the best climaxes I ve ever seen. Quite a simple one you cant forget easily.

  • Dec 05, 2012

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

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