Samaritan Girl (Samaria)

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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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Gwak Ji-min
as Yeo-jin
Min-jung Seo
as Jae-yeong
Gweon Hyeon-min
as Censor Seller #1, 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
Jung-gi Park
as Guy Who Gets Killed
Park Jun-gyu
as Guy Who Gets Killed
Kim Gwi-seon
as Censor Seller No. 2, Censor Seller #2
Seo Seung-weon
as Guy in His 30s, Guy In His Thirties
Yu Jae-ik
as Passerby, Passer-by
Jeon Jin-bae
as Cop, Cop No. 1
Yuk Sae-jin
as Cop, 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 Samaritan Girl (Samaria)

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Audience Reviews for Samaritan Girl (Samaria)

  • Apr 15, 2012
    I know of Kim Ki Duk's reputation as an art-house filmmaker and his use of symbolism in his movies, and that's fine, because more filmmakers need to take risks and to put out something completely different than what is out there, and Kim Ki Duk fits this bill perfectly, but at the same time this movie did absolutely nothing for me. I just think it's really a chore to sit through and despite having a decent three act story arc, it's just not interesting to watch. Again, none of this has to do with the fact that it relies on its symbolism to tell its story rather than dialogue, I just don't think that the movie was engaging enough, visually and thematically, to make it worth watching. And it also feels completely pretentious, it never feels like it's the culmination of an artistic journey that Kim Ki Duk had been through until that point, it's just him showing off. And that's never good. I didn't think it was a bad movie, but it's pretentious and dull.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2009
    Director Kim Ki-Duk gave us an insight about teenage prostitution in Korea with Samaria,but for me this was not a film about prostitution, I found that the film was more about emotionally relationships, between friends and family. The film was basically set into two parts. Part one was about Jae-Young, a teenage prostitute and her best friend Yeo-Jin. The second part was about Yeo-Jin and her father. Each part had its tense moments, and the director, pretty much did a good job telling the story and showing the audience: tragedy and closeness. There was not sex or violence like other typical prostitution movies, it was more used as a medium to get the point. The ending was kind of confusing.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2008
    Ki-duk Kim's movies are magical, Impressive & filled with symbols & metaphors & this one is no exception
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer

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