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Critically acclaimed filmmaker Hong Sang Soo, who would go on to helm such films as The Power Of Kangwon Province and Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, made his feature length directorial debut with The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well, a film that received much acclaim at film festivals around the world, winning the director numerous awards in the process, including Best Director at South Korea's Blue Dragon Awards. Divided into separate stories, the film follows the everyday lives of four characters whose lives all interconnect at some point in their respective narratives.

First up, there's Hyo Sub (Kim Eui Sung), a struggling writer who is romantically involved with both Min Jae (Jo Eun Suk, from Summer Scent and Windmill Palm Grove) and Po Kyong (Lee Eung Kyung, from My Wife Is A Gangster and Jenny, Juno), who get their own individual narratives later in the film. Min Jae is a twenty-four year old woman who works several odd jobs just to make ends meet and is head over heels in love with Hyo Sub, even though he treats her poorly. Po Kyung is Hyo Sub's true object of affection, but despite her mutual regard for him, she's married to someone else. That "someone else" is Dong Woo (Park Jin Song), who is the focus of the second narrative. He heads out of town on business for his water purifier company, but ends up spending the night in a seedy motel with a prostitute. As the film develops, pieces of the puzzle begin to lock into place, as viewers begin to see the bigger picture. But what will they see?

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Product Title: The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (Korea Version) 豬墮井的那天 (韓國版) 猪堕井的那天 (韩国版) 豚が井戸に落ちた日(韓国版) 돼지가 우물에 빠진 날
Artist Name(s): Hong Sang Soo | Song Kang Ho | Cho Eun Sook 洪尚秀 | 宋 康昊 | Cho Eun Sook 洪尚秀 | 宋 康昊 | Cho Eun Sook ホン・サンス | ソン・ガンホ | チョ・ウンスク 홍상수 | 송 강호 | 조 은숙
Release Date: 2007-04-16
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Dong A Export Corporation
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004714434

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0

* Director : 홍상수

프랑스를 비롯해 해외에서 큰 각광을 받고 있는 홍상수 감독이 86년에 내놓은 <돼지가 우물에 빠진 날>은, 신인답지 않은 노련한 솜씨와 일상에 대한 세밀한 터치, 그리고 인간의 위선과 허위의식에 대한 냉소적이고 날카로운 시선으로 개봉 당시 신선한 충격을 안겨주었던 작품이다. ‘홍상수 미학’의 출발점이 된 바로 그 영화이기도 하다.

<강원도의 힘>, <오! 수정>, <생활의 발견> 등으로 이어진 ‘홍상수표 영화’가 관객들에게 어느 정도 익숙한 코드가 된 지금, DVD를 통해 다시 만나는 이 영화는 여전히 세련미를 잃지 않고 있으면서도 여유롭고 코믹한 웃음을 제공한다. 한국의 대표배우 송강호의 데뷔작이기도 한 이 영화에서는 송강호의 ‘그때 그 모습’과 함께 방은희 등 낯익은 배우의 얼굴도 확인할 수 있다.

삼류소설가 효섭, 그의 아내를 꿈꾸는 극장 매표소 직원 민재, 효섭과 불륜의 사랑에 빠져있는 보경, 결벽증 환자이자 소심한 샐러리맨인 보경의 남편 동우. 이들의 일상은 뜻밖의 충격적인 사건을 통해 파국으로 치닫는데…

도시의 변두리 삶을 살고 있는 네 남녀의 욕망과 일상은 과연 어떤 운명을 맞이하게 될 것인가?
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June 5, 2007

The Day a Pig Fell into a Well garnered him critical acclaim around the world. A film about emotional disconnection and intimacy, Pig presents four characters in separate but intertwined narratives. First, writer Hyo-Sub (Kim Eui-Sung) is struggling to finish his novel and juggle two relationships - one with young Jae-Min (Jo Eun-Suk), and the other with married woman Po-Kyung (Lee Eung-Kyung). However, his aggression eventually explodes due to his frustrations, ultimately alienating his friends.

Next, we follow Dong-Woo (Park Jin-Song), a businessman who goes out of town for a meeting that never comes to fruition. Instead, he tries to fill his loneliness through physical intimacy. Finally, we then learn more about Jae-Min, who works several odd jobs, including making personalized wake-up calls and working at the ticket window of a movie theater. She is head over heels for Hyo-Sob, even though he treats her like dirt. On the other hand, Hyo-Sob claims to be in love with Po-Kyung, and she is even prepared to elope with him. However, after being stood up by Hyo-Sub, Po-Kyung begins to wander around the city, examining the lack of direction in her life.

The four narratives play out in separate sections of the film, and patience is required as their connections slowly unfold. Those who have no prior knowledge of Hong's structure may grow frustrated with Pig's slow pace and low-key storytelling, but those who can sit through it will find a dark tale that is as powerful as it is emotionally muted. Hong is never a particularly crowd-pleasing director, as Pig is sexually explicit (though not in a titillating fashion), grim, at times violent, and almost never clear about its characters. They are introduced and abandoned, only to be brought back into the story later, which can confuse audiences when the characters haven't even been properly introduced. This is a film that either requires multiple viewings or constant note taking just to keep track of how everything comes together.

Hong makes things even harder by presenting four very flawed characters. Hyo-Sob is a selfish man who simply uses those who love him; Dong-Woo looks for love in the wrong places; Jae-Min is not a very good judge of character; and Po-Kyung cannot move on from her grief, simply shutting herself off from her husband. While these flaws make all of these characters seem pathetic, they also make the characters real. All four of these characters have some redeemable quality about them, but their flaws place them in their respective situations. They are pathetic because they cannot save themselves from their personal crises, and Hong wisely chooses to view these characters in a fashion that eschews emotions for objectivity. In the end, their very credible flaws allow us to connect with them, and Hong's style doesn't simply judge them for us. We become spectators of their lives as we follow them through their day, and hence, we are forced to form our own opinions and evaluate for ourselves who these people are. In that sense, Pig becomes engaging for those willing to take the time to examine the film's characters during its duration.

On the other hand, Pig, like many other films that take a similar stylistic approach, suffers from a lack of any real plot. Hong simply spends the entire movie developing characters rather than a plot, as the film is really connected by character moments that make up some vague chronicle of these lives. Hong's structure of the separate narratives is, for the lack of a better word, brilliant. The way he weaves them together shows that despite any uncertainty one might feel, Hong is confidently steering the ship in the right direction. So then why does Hong choose to give a clear resolution to only two of his characters, while leaving the fate of the other two unclear? In fact, the two characters that received a clear resolution happen to be the least developed ones. We know who they are and what roles they play in the narrative, but their backgrounds are rarely explored. Hong also provides more than a few seemingly throwaway shots that add quite a bit to the other two characters, but he cheats the audience by never showing us what happens to them. It seems like an intentional decision, but it also shows that Hong might not be sure where he wanted to take the film beyond what we see onscreen. Nevertheless, The Day a Pig Fell into a Well is more than just a film worth watching - it's a piece of cinematic art that deserves exploration, even if it's a bit grim for general audiences.

By Kevin Ma

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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March 18, 2008

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A good film, but no pigs! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Let's begin by noting that, in the film "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well", no pig ever falls into a well! Indeed, the film's serious subject matter belies its fanciful title. Director Hong Sang Soo unfolds the story in a puzzle-like fashion that leaves the viewer a bit mystified until the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

Hyo-Sub (Kim Eui-Sung) is a novelist who is bedding two different women, both Jae-Min (Jo Eun-Suk) and Po-Kyung (Lee Eung-Kyung). Jae-Min is an earnest young woman holding down a series of odd jobs to make ends meet, while she pursues her infatuation with the novelist and is pursued by a rather cruel man who seems to work with her at a movie theatre. Po-Kyung is married, but emotionally sealed off from her husband, perhaps due to the apparent death of their child. Dong-Woo (Park Jin-Song) is Po-Kyung's mournful husband who, during a business trip, seeks solace in the company of a hooker, but instead finds only a consuming guilt.

The film depicts these four characters making a cascade of bad decisions, usually based upon misimpressions and misunderstandings. The bad decisions reach a horrifying culmination for two of the characters; the film ends cryptically, suggesting further tragedy still to come.

For viewers seeking a traditional narrative, "The Day the Pig Fell..." will prove to be a frustrating experience. The viewer almost feels like he is stumbling upon the motivations of and connections between the film's characters. However, I found the glancing, indirect approach to story-telling to feel honest and true and very engrossing. Unfortunately, for those who do not speak Korean, this DVD is saddled with embarrassingly bad English subtitles. Nonetheless, I recommend the film very highly for a mature audience.
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