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South Korea
1997, 103 min

Section: Kim Ki-duk
Year: 2002

The director’s only film set outside Korea. Painter Chung-hae (Blue Ocean) and a former North Korean soldier named Hong-san (Red Mountain) meet in Paris and join forces, bent on a life of crime. They eventually get mixed up with the local mafia, and even their personal relationships undergo turbulent changes.


Synopsis

The only film by Kim Ki-duk set outside Korea. The film, originally entitled “Two Crocodiles” concerns two Korean emigrants to Paris. The none-too-talented painter Chung-hae (Blue Ocean) meets up with a Hungarian girl named Corinne; at the same time a former North Korean soldier named Hong-san (Red Mountain) crosses the border into France. He is helped out at a crucial moment by a Korean girl, Laura, the girlfriend of a gangster named Emil (played by Denis Lavant who starred in Leos Carax’s Boy Meets Girl and Bad Blood). After Hong-san accidentally assaults Corinne, the two Koreans join forces and set out on a crime wave. They eventually get mixed up with the local mafia, and even their personal relationships undergo turbulent changes. Chung-hae and Corinne’s love grows stronger but the girl’s brutal protector stands in the way: he demands a high price for letting her go. Getting the money together involves them in a hired killing and leads to a spiral of growing violence that eventually threatens Corinne herself. Chung-hae and Hong-san kill Emil and only just narrowly escape death at the hands of their French associates. But the inevitable payback may come from a completely unexpected source.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Kim Ki-duk
   
Director: Kim Ki-duk
Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
Dir. of Photography: Seo Jeong-min
Music: Kang In-ku
Editor: Park Sun-deok
Producer: Kwon Ki-young
Production: Dream Cinema
Cast: Cho Jae-hyon, Jang Dong-jik, Jang ryun, Sasha Lukavina, Richard Borhinger, Denis Lavant, Laurent Buigeot
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