Archive of films Real Fiction / Shilje sanghwang

South Korea
2000, 85 min

Section: Kim Ki-duk
Year: 2002

Twelve scenes of humiliation and revenge. The protagonist is a street artist who learns to liberate his hidden emotions and act on them. This experimental movie, engaging themes of passivity and spontaneity, was shot in 200 minutes using ten cameras.


An experimental film shot with ten cameras in 200 minutes. With the assistance of eleven other filmmakers, Kim Ki-duk created twelve sequences involving humiliation, violence and the power of retaliation. A street painter who is constantly under the surveillance of a videocamera-wielding girl gradually unburdens himself of his hidden emotions. This once passive victim no longer shrinks from becoming an assailant bent on taking revenge for every humiliation he has suffered. The sequence of scenes, both beginning and ending in a park where the protagonist draws portraits of passers-by, presents diverse situations and models of behaviour. The search for internal impulses and feelings gradually erases the border between reality and imagination, both of which are governed by invincible forces. The city remains a constant throughout the film but the main character’s awareness is ever undergoing change. “Films do not change reality but rather the conscious state of an individual,” the director claims.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Kim Ki-duk
Director: Kim Ki-duk
Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
Dir. of Photography: Kim Ki-duk
Music: Jeon Sang-yoon
Editor: Kyung Min-ho
Producer: Harry Lee
Production: SRE Corporation
Cast: Kim Jin-a, Son Min-suk, Joo Jin-mo

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