• WreckItDee

    ★★★★ Watched by WreckItDee 06 Apr, 2014

    Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho's directorial debut from 2000 is a crazy and hilarious insight of the sociopathic tendency of average citizens of Seoul living in highly cramped condition, dealing with the burdens of life like career and family.

    The lead character Ko Yun-ju certainly is at the brunt of the expectations of his education level as well as dealing with the disappointments of his stifled career.
    His demanding pregnant wife was not helping matters.

    He was also badly messed up…

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  • Eugene McCrann

    ★★★½ Added by Eugene McCrann

    Bong's sensibilities are more favorable to the warped as Memories was the bleakest film since forever, and the best parts of BDNB are the ones radiating untraceable menace. For example, when Sung-jae Lee is in the boiler room listening to that story about Boiler Kim, it has little to do with anything, but Bong's style allows for that moment to stick out as it was strangely unnerving. When the film is concentrating on light, human drama, though, it's kind of cute and frothy, but insubstantial.

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  • infi

    ★★★★ Watched by infi 12 Jan, 2014

    Canis noir, Bong's first worthy effort. I like the way this guy thinks: all those narrative threads hanging loosely in the air, all those little stories that live in the literal and imaginative basements of the world. Cruelly empathetic. You also have to hand it to him and the co-writers: in a movie where (canine) life is cheap and humanity's dark side is heavily shown and implied, the only relatable (and thus seemingly stable) character is an overweight woman. She is also surprisingly not a stock comic character, at least not any bit more than anyone else. This is why we can have nice things.

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  • ander

    ★★★½ Watched by ander 20 Feb, 2014

    Mapping of a social system where no one's doing their job or following the rules, where the structure of post-boom urban life chafes against old-world impulse, a world without common sense or decency and barely any intelligence where the guilty are never caught. Naturally some of the smartest people are the most vindictive and relish watching the less fortunate squirm under their thumbs, while the stupidest feel the most human. Of course that's pointing to Doona Bae's Hyun-nam, who is at least as comprehensively dumb as any character Chris Farley ever played--and nearly as endearing.

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  • mazzyhope815

    ★★★★ Watched by mazzyhope815 30 May, 2013

    I loved Bong’s monster movie The Host, but it was his next movie Mother that got me fully on board the Bong train! This was his first movie, a vaguely madcap farce about the residents of a housing estate, and the weird guy that lives in the basement. Very funny, with great characters. Not quite up there with his later movies, but a really solid start.

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  • dondya

    ★★★½ Watched by dondya 14 Feb, 2014

    Odd story with supposedly deeper meaning and Doona Bae. That's your formula for a nice directorial debut.

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  • MrJago

    ★★★½ Watched by MrJago 12 Jan, 2014

    Already very strong visual style by Bong Joon-ho.

    Bae Doona is adorable.

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  • Charles Bramesco

    Watched by Charles Bramesco 06 Sep, 2013

    In one of Infinite Jest's billion divergent plotlines, recovering addict Randy Lenz finds an unsavory way to weather his nasty detox. He takes nighttime constitutionals; his euphemism for capturing stray animals, sealing them in plastic bags, and brutally murdering them. It's easily the most gruesome section of a novel that includes a scene in which a trio of junkies ingest crystal meth laced with Drano, spew blood-vomit and die on top of a ventilation grate.
    The thin premise of Korean…

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  • iceberrie

    ★★★½ Watched by iceberrie 11 Aug, 2013

    I’ve been meaning to watch this film, oh, since forever. Finally, I set down with this, and boy, I can see the director Bong’s greatness already. The shots and the narrative styles are all there… from his first film. Although I wouldn’t say I liked this film more than other Joon-Ho Bong’s films, it’s got unique storytelling and quirky sense of humor. I guess lots of director Bong’s fans would adore it. Doona Bae is great here, too.

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  • Nick Ondras

    ★★★★ Watched by Nick Ondras 16 Aug, 2013 4

    78/100

    I hate animal violence in movies. Joon-ho Bong knows this; it's just one of those things people agree is flat-out not cool. Staying true to its title, "Barking Dogs Never Bite" is a total play on this: hinting at or implying dog death but only rarely delivering on showing it to us. It's a neat trick Bong squeezes laughs out of like hell. Because it is indeed a comedy, commenting on and exploring the weird lives and hobbies of…

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  • Aaron Jansen

    ★★★ Watched by Aaron Jansen 12 Aug, 2013

    Doona Bae is adorable in this movie. Like literally the cutest human being ever. I dare you not to fall in love with her. She and her best friend made such an endearing pair, I just wanted the movie to be about the two of them hanging out.

    Barking Dogs Never Bite feels like a trifle compared to Bong Joon-ho's later work. The dark humor, artful compositions, and social commentary you expect from him are all in evidence, but the…

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  • tfbundy

    ★★★★ Watched by tfbundy 06 Aug, 2013

    Caught a distinct Coen brothers vibe from this: it's dryly funny, absurdly dark, caught up in existential turmoil... all hallmarks I'd say. Of course limiting the influences on Bong Joon-ho to just one pair of wacky Midwestern U.S. directors is a reductive practice, as there were most assuredly several that contributed to his first film that my eyes are most likely unaware of. But it works universally just the same, all while dealing with societal issues, some of which are…

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