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Time

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Few directors have caused as much controversy in Korea as Kim Ki Duk in his decade of filmmaking. Despite much acclaim overseas with wins at Venice and Berlin Film Festivals, of the maverick filmmaker's twelve films, only 2001's Bad Guy was able to register a blip at the domestic box office, in part due to Jo Jae Hyun's (Piano) popularity. His latest controversial work, Time, risked an even worse fate in Korea. Kim only acquiesced to a limited release in late August 2006, after an online petition signed by over 10,000 netizens showed there were Koreans out there interested in Kim's latest film.

Plastic surgery has become a hot topic in Korea, covered in films ranging from horrors like Cinderella to romantic comedies like 200 Pounds Beauty. Kim addresses this controversial theme in a slightly different way. Se Hee (Sung Hyun Ah) and Ji Woo (Ha Jung Woo - The Unforgiven) have been together for years, but their relationship is slowly dying down, their love changing into a mere mildly pleasing familiarity. To solve her problems, Se Hee makes a drastic decision: change her facial appearances completely through plastic surgery and start a new life. Weeks later, Ji Woo meets a strange waitress at a cafe. She calls herself Sae Hee and, even though he's never seen her before, something feels strangely familiar...

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Product Title: Time 慾望的謊容 (韓國版) 欲望的谎容 (韩国版) 絶対の愛 (時間) (韓国版) 시간
Artist Name(s): Sung Hyun Ah | Kim Ki Duk | Ha Jung Woo 成賢荷 | 金 基德 | 河政佑 Sung Hyun Ah | 金 基德 | Ha Jung Woo ソン・ヒョナ | キム・ギドク | ハ・ジョンウ 성 현아 | 김기덕 | 하정우
Release Date: 2006-11-13
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: KD MEDIA
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004472853

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
* Extras :
- Making of "시간"
- 예고편
- Director & Cast
- Still Gallary

* Director : 김기덕

영화 <시간>은 시간의 흐름 속에서 그리고 반복되는 일상 속에서 인간이 가지는 새로움에 대한 본능적 욕망과 영원한 사랑에 대한 열망을 그린 작품으로, 한 때 열정적으로 사랑했으나 시간이 지날수록 서로에게 무뎌지고 두근거리는 마음이 소멸되는 것을 지켜볼 수밖에 없던 남녀가 ‘성형수술’이라는 극단적 방법으로 처음의 설레임을 되찾으려 한다는 내용을 담고 있다. 사랑하는 남자를 위해 성형수술을 감행하는 주인공 새희 역에 성현아, 그녀의 연인 역은 하정우가 맡아 인상적인 연기를 펼쳐보인다.

<시간>은 이미 해외 30여 개국과 판권계약을 체결했으며, 이번 달 30일 체코에서 열리는 제41회 카를로비바리 영화제의 개막작으로 초청돼 김기덕 감독에 대한 해외의 관심을 다시 한번 증명했다.
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YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

Professional Review of "Time "

July 19, 2006

Time is the thirteenth effort from Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, a director who has won multiple awards at international film festivals, yet whose work has largely been ignored in his home country. His films are usually controversial affairs, and Time continued this tradition, though not so much for its content as for the fact that Kim initially refused to have it released in Korean cinemas, eventually giving in after an online petition was signed by over 10,000 of his fans. After the film finally emerged, it received a less than rapturous response in Korea, prompting him to embark on a number of public rants against domestic film critics and fans, and though he later apologised, his comments will certainly only have served to further cement his outcast status. All of this is rather a shame, as Time is actually a very good film, and one which sees Kim moving away from the religious surrealism of his last effort The Bow and back to the more grounded themes of identity and sexual politics which he dealt with previously in the likes of The Isle and Bad Guy, arguably among his stronger works.

Like other recent Korean films such as the teen horror Cinderella, Time is concerned with the issue of plastic surgery, though unsurprisingly Kim tackles the subject in a decidedly leftfield manner. The plot revolves around Se Hee (Sung Hyun Ah) and Ji Woo (Ha Jung Woo, recently in The Unforgiven) a young couple gradually being torn apart by suspicion and paranoia. Upset at her increasingly violent jealousy and worried that Ji Woo will get bored with her, Se Hee makes the bizarre decision to disappear for several months, during which she undergoes plastic surgery to completely alter her face. Having done this, she attempts to work her way back into Ji Woo's life, hoping both to begin a new romance and to find out whether he really loved her or not. Needless to say, tragedy ensues.

Although Time may sound every bit a typical Kim film, it is actually far less acerbic and cynical than the subject matter might suggest, and sees the director edging ever so slightly towards more conventional territory, by his standards at least. Certainly, the film has a fairly traditional structure, and though not exactly a comedy, it at least has a sly, playful sense of humour, something which has been entirely absent from his previous works. Of course, it is still quite far from being a mainstream drama, being ambiguous and quite obviously more concerned with symbolism and themes rather than emotion and character. This approach is largely successful, and it still allows Kim to ask a number of searching questions about human relationships, and to explore his usual concerns of love as manipulation and possession in a somewhat mature fashion. Indeed, Time is wholly free of the kind of shock tactics he has been accused of employing in the past, and although an outwardly simplistic film, it works quite subtly on a number of levels.

The only downside to this is the fact that although Kim moves away from the abstract, he never really fleshes his characters out enough for the film to work on an emotional level. This is perhaps not so much of a problem, for fans of his work at least, as he certainly succeeds in his usual aim of engaging the mind, and the film is fascinating throughout, though it does at times make for cold and distant viewing. The character of Ji Woo in particular is a little thinly written, and although his constant bewilderment at the strange behaviour of Se Hee is understandable, the viewer never really learns much about him beyond this and his tendency to justify minor sexual indiscretions by saying "We're all human" repeatedly. Se Hee has a little more depth, though her motivations for such drastic actions remain largely up to the viewer's interpretation right up until the inevitably surreal ending.

Kim's direction is immaculate as always, and the film shows a clever sense of symmetry, both in terms of narrative and visuals. Apart from the use of some odd and possibly symbolic sculptures, he largely keeps things grounded, and though the proceedings have a controlled, minimalist air, Time comes across as a slice of modern human drama rather than an allegory or fable.

As such, it is probably Kim's most accessible offering to date, although whether it marks a new direction for his work remains to be seen. Perhaps not quite as biting or cryptic as his other films, Time is by no means less challenging or indeed entertaining, and actually benefits from his newfound sense of restraint, cementing his position as one of the most interesting film makers in the world today.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Time "

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.2 out of 10 (5)

Mrs. Love
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May 23, 2007

Description Correction! Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
This movie is about a Female that has just lost her mind. That really is the only description you need for this movie. If you like to watch a woman that has lost her mind then this is the movie for you because it is not about anything else.
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Rhoda
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April 28, 2007

A little weird Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
They acted real good even Sung Hyun Ah. She did improve a lot. She is also good in the film...customer is always right. The story is weird..he loves his boyfriend so much that he is will to do all for him. Watch it so you will understand what i mean.
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numinair
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March 26, 2007

2 people found this review helpful

Time Peice Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This film is certainly one of the more accessible Kim Ki Duk movies. The film itself is fairly easy to watch and the plot keeps you pretty well fixed throughout. Although it keeps to an even keel on the outset the movie does steer towards a more 'manic' momentum towards the end. Park Ji-yein plays the initial character of Sehie and the ever interesting Sung Hyun-ah as her 're-invented' other self and both are considerably high performances as, too, Ha Jeong Woo as Ji Woo. The previous night I watched this I also watched Korean rom-com "Operation Makeover", also about the theme of time. But looking at close takes of Hyun Ah, I noticed her cute little dot nose birthmark that I noticed actress Young So Ko also has who plays the lead in OM. A daft small point, but it was interesting considering the 2 films and "Time" having a focus on the human face. Not that these two actresses need to alter such birthmarks - they are so cute! Cosmetic surgery certainly is a good thing, though, in helping people who have suffered facial burns, disfigurements, lip clefts etc., and for healthy cosmetic improvements, but for jealousy and irrational reasons all seems to backfire according to this movie. This film isn't about cosmetic surgery or time in itself, though. Sehie is another of the "outsider" characters KKD empathies with in his films. Possessiveness and jealousy are the major themes in this film, where romantic couples show harsh forms of jealousy towards one another by a mixture of playful banter and mis-trust, shouting at each other in karaoke joints and coffee bars and mirroring similarly to Sehie's own paranoia of Ji Woo's 'interest in other women'.

Although called "Time" this film seems to be more focused on the fear of loss and human jealousy in relationships. The need to be accepted in love and eccentric methods of achieving this goal when life stymies chances of true love becoming fulfilled. Jealousy and paranoia are the reasons Sehie decides on her plastic surgery and the way she side steps out of her identity somewhat, by making herself 'unrecognizable', shows a sort of craving to see herself on the outside - taking on another slightly different persona. She represents someone who equates the difficulty of love in a sometimes confusing world, questioning her own confidence as to use a literal mask/persona to substitute a sense of completeness. Time, for me in this film, is more about the nature of maturity and understanding with those difficulties and for even love itself to bloom needs time to fulfill all this.

Interesting about the title of "Time" and KKD's next film "Breath" though, as they both have similar close knitted titles to Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" (there is a Time, segueing into a track called Breathe). Even at the film's end credits you can hear the heart beat/clock ticks that was a prominent feature on the opening/ending of that album. Is KKD a PF fan? Still, various art forms can have insightful connections and that album wouldn't be out of place with KKD. A bit like Pink Floyd's "The Wall" partly influencing Kim Hyung Tae's "Pisces" movie? Manic bits in the middle - and the end? Whatever the case, "Time" explores human frailties, stresses and distorted relationships in a very interesting Kim Ki Duk movie - definitely worth your time.
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Paigehk
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January 16, 2007

extreme? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
well. I personally think this movie is pretty unique. It's really unpredictable and somehow strange. Now I realize how much Plastic Surgery can really change a person...*sigh*. People would do something so crazy just for love..If you like watching something strange and crazy, i think this is one for you...probably.
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November 29, 2006

Time Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The movie is a little extreme, but I'm sure a lot of people have contemplated at the prospect of getting plastic surgery to please a partner. A bit of a tragic love story. I didn't think it was particularly entertaining or interesting to watch, I thought the movie was too over the top. The lovers in the movie only went out for 2 years, which is hardly a long time. The only reality was that extreme jealously and anger can drive a person to do things they normally wouldn't. 6/10.
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