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Love against the passage of TIME
To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.
I didn’t know going in where Time figured in Kim Ki-duc’s filmography. The very first thing that struck me is that all the characters spoke, and it seemed to follow a conventional narrative arc. This made me think it was a very early work. It turned out that I was mistaken, and that Time is smack dab in the middle of Kim’s filmography.
My first impression was that Kim was exploring the onerous and superficial burden society places on women and their looks. Magazine covers flaunt expected perfection, and it’s telling that even the subjects they feature are not perfect enough; they have to be photoshopped to make them ideal. I realized…
How did they not get banned from that coffee shop?
Ki-duk Kim doesn't like people and animals, but he does like trees. Those are three things that I've learned from the three films I've watched by him so far. What I've also learned is that if you sit down expecting a film of his to be anything like the synopsis you read on IMDb, Wikipedia, Mubi, Letterboxd or anywhere else for that matter, you're going to be in for a surprise.
So while on paper Time looks as though it's going to be a psychological thriller where there might be the potential for some bunny boiling, what you actually get is a romantic mystery that falls apart somewhat during the…
Some crazy overly jealous obnoxious woman pulls hissy fits whenever her boyfriend looks at another woman and thinks that she could make him happier if she were another woman. Enter plastic surgery.
I don't know. I absolutely hated the first 30 minutes. I'm not into plastic surgery, although I might not say no to a free chin tuck, but I certainly never took it to be something a woman does to transform herself into a different person. Maybe I have more faith in women than Kim Ki-duk has (and that's not saying much considering how he thinks of them according to his films). I assumed women would do it for selfish…
Kim Ki-duk’s Time is a dense, perplexing and occasionally frustrating cautionary tale about identity and contemporary anxieties. South Korea is a country obsessed by plastic surgery and it is this obsession that Ki-duk explores with dizzying intensity. Seh-hee is a young woman consumed by jealousy and neurosis as she fears her boyfriend of two-years is now bored of her appearance. Abruptly disappearing from her lover’s life she takes the extreme step of changing her entire appearance in order to revive the passion in their relationship.
After six-months recovering, Seh-hee reunites with her boyfriend with her new face and identity. Soon they are in a relationship but this renewed passion only results in her becoming lost in her own insecurities as…
This being my introduction to Kim Ki-duk's oeuvre, I wasn't entirely certain what to expect from Time. It's safe to say that this floored me.
While there are stretches that don't quite work for me, those are just overwhelmed by the ones that do, both in their brilliant formal construction and the visceral & emotional reaction they elicit: the ferry ride with the rolling ball; the repeated shots of the sculpture in different contexts (the later one where one hand is half-submerged—breathtaking); the meeting in the unspecified room where the lights are turned on and off as the man moves closer; paired shots of both characters kicking the tree (not sure why this one affected me, but it did). I…
Time heals, but in some cases, it destroys everything. South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk illustrates this with a tragic tale of two lovers and also takes the opportunity to sardonically criticize a contemporary trend, the growing craze of cosmetic surgery in his home country.
Ji-woo's girlfriend, Seh-hee is of the extremely jealous type. His amiable behaviour with other women becomes a reason for her to throw childish fits of jealousy. Far too possessive about her boyfriend, she becomes a nervous wreck, paranoid about losing him to some other. A lack of self-esteem about her own looks burrows its way into her psyche, and in a rather impulsive, drastic and irrational decision, she goes under the knife in order to get…
(I totally forgot I saw this movie, and yet from the review I wrote in 2007 I seemed to like it! (I blame more-so the smorgasbord of rich films that year, if this had been a weaker year it would've stood out)
On the surface, the plot comes off a little like a trashy love story gone completely and maddeningly awry. Ji-woo (Ha Jung-Woo) and Seh-hee (Park Ji-yeon) have been in a relationship for two years, but she has convinced herself that despite his repeated admission of his love for her, and hers for him, he cannot love her face, or so she thinks. His gaze and sexual desires wander elsewhere to other women, and he can only be aroused…
Kim Ki Duk's fixation on repetition was more of a factor here than the given notion that it's all on the moral standpoint of plastic surgery. The fear of not recognizing an identity you've had a deep emotional connection w/is terrifying, and given in spades. But the kicker here is the title of the film, how every sequence, every idiosyncratic beat flows through the very repetition of time itself.
Similar locations prompt the two characters to constantly appear in the identical places non stop: the coffee shop, the beach where all the photos are taken, the ferry, the station, the plastic surgery clinic, apartments. Mirroring contrasts that take on a reflection of life. Both becoming frustrated at their situations having…
So far, my least favorite work of Kim Ki-duk. While I understand the concept and the story, somehow it seems too superficial and unrealistic to me and unlike his other movies, not at all thought-provoking, despite the bizarre ending.
*weirdly relates to the movie*
Esta pelicula es unica.
Stupid movie about a woman in love with a man who is not interested in her but someone else. She than has plastic surgery to look beautiful enough to attract his attention. Can not remember how it ended but will not watch again.
An incredible exploration into the oblivion of contemporary identity.
"Time" portrays a modern South Korea built on fickleness, where personalities shift as easily as facial features. Inconstancy is the only constant. Ji-woo's belief that his lover will come back starts to look like a radical act.
This starts as a traditional drama about an unstable woman who doesn't believe she is fine to her boyfriend as herself and goes to see a plastic surgeon. Then this film changes its direction and slowly becomes a bit weird and disturbed. That's fine, I just don't understand the ending that goes around together with a story, I think its logic doesn't work. Otherwise I enjoyed watching this, cinematography was beautiful and the story was good.
Obsession, desperation, attraction and identity are fluid, ever-changing concepts in this Korean drama.
Perhaps this isn't the most outlandish or transgressive Kim Ki-duk film I've seen thus far (haven't seen a whole lot to be honest) but that last 3rd REALLY got under my skin. I'm starting to realize more and more that I absolutely love movies about people getting new faces (a new sub-subgenre) and the what filmmakers can do with that plot device. There are so many interesting things talked about in this film dealing with identity, self-worth, and relationships in terms of the way we view them as they relate to beauty and our own insecurities. I thought it started off really slow and (seemingly) directionless but when it started moving I got pretty absorbed. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep anyone guessing. This is a fun ride and I'd recommend it regardless of whether or not you are a fan of Kim Ki-duk.
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High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…