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Officer Young Nam (Bae Doo Na) has just been transfered from the city to head the police station of a rural seaside town. She quickly realizes that things are a bit different out in the country, and that the townsfolk don't take kindly to outsider interference. In her patrols, Young Nam encounters precocious 14-year-old Do Hee (Kim Sae Ron), who is regularly abused by her boorish stepfather (Song Sae Byuk). Unable to turn a blind eye to the situation, Young Nam temporarily takes Do Hee in, giving her a safe and warm home for the first time. As time passes, Do Hee becomes increasingly attached to Young Nam, and unsavory rumors start spreading about their close relationship.
|Product Title:||A Girl at My Door (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 道熙呀 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 道熙呀 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 道熙呀 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 도희야|
|Artist Name(s):||Bae Doo Na (Actor) | Kim Sae Ron (Actor) | Song Sae Byuk (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) 裴斗娜 (Actor) | 金賽綸 (Actor) | 宋 清晨 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) 裴斗娜 (Actor) | 金赛纶 (Actor) | 宋 清晨 (Actor) | 文盛瑾 (Actor) ペ・ドゥナ (Actor) | キム・セロン (Actor) | ソン・セビョク (Actor) | ムン・ソングン (Actor) 배 두나 (Actor) | 김새론 (Actor) | 송새벽 (Actor) | 문 성근 (Actor)|
|Director:||July Jung July Jung July Jung July Jung 정주리|
|Producer:||Lee Chang Dong 李滄東 李沧东 イ・チャンドン 이창동|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.77 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1042052867|
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Writer director July Jung makes a stunning debut with drama A Girl At My Door, starring acclaimed Korean actress Bae Doo-na (Cloud Atlas) as a police officer who forms an uneasy relationship with a young girl in a remote rural area whose inhabitants all seem to have an alcohol problem. Like most outings from Lee Chang-dong, who served as producer, the film proved very popular with critics at international festivals, including Cannes, where it played in the Un Certain Regard section and where it reportedly received a three minute standing ovation from the audience.
Bae Doo-na plays Young Nam, a police officer who as the film begins has been transferred from Seoul to a remote rural fishing village to head up the local station. Things initially seem quiet, with most of the young people having deserted the area, mainly leaving behind elderly residents who spend most of their time drinking. However, Young Nam is shocked when she meets 14-year-old Do Hee (Kim Sae-ron, The Man from Nowhere) and finds out that she's being abused by her stepfather (Song Sae-byuk, The Servant), a brutish man who runs a crew of illegal immigrants. Young Nam tries to help by taking the unfortunate girl in, though rumours start to spread about the nature of their relationship, and the truth about why she was forced to leave the big city surfaces.
Dealing with themes of alcoholism, abuse and homosexuality, subjects not often covered in mainstream Korean cinema, A Girl At My Door was a risky proposition, and indeed the film was funded largely by the Korean Film Council, with its main stars apparently appearing without being paid. Despite its content, the film is surprisingly subtle, and what July Jung has crafted here is a truly rich and rewarding, if harrowing experience, which subtly gets to grips with some of the darker aspects of Korean culture and the clash between modernity and out-dated tradition. Taking the town as a microcosm for the country as a whole, Jung offers a powerful piece of societal criticism, depicting bigotry, misogyny and corruption, the locals distrusting outsiders and their ways, and with violence still ruling. Also touching on politics and the plight of illegal immigrants, Jung impresses through managing to cover a great deal of ground, though without ever preaching or letting A Girl at my Door become an obvious or overt "issues film" - it's really quite amazing to see a first time helmer of just 34 showing such maturity and focus.
Where the film also scores very highly is in the way that Jung combines these concerns with drama and Hitchcockian suspense, ensuring that it works on several different levels. The gradual revelation of Young Nam's reasons for leaving Seoul and the truth about Do Hee's situation both make for gripping and tense viewing, as does the unfolding power struggle between the two and her violent stepfather. Restrained and quiet through until its memorable conclusion, there's a pleasing lack of melodrama, and is free from the kind of last act plunge into tears and hysteria that often taints Korean films of its type. Jung similarly shows a very steady hand when it comes to the visuals, and though on the lower budget end of the scale, the film looks great and manages to generate an ever-present atmosphere of unease and growing threat ?while the idea of ugliness lurking beneath a pleasant rural facade is nothing new, it's put to particularly good effect here.
Jung proves as talented a writer as director, and the film benefits hugely from a substantial and nuanced script, which successfully fleshes out the characters and drives the plot without spoon feeding viewers answers in the usual fashion. Both Young Nam and Do Hee are fascinating figures, and the shifting, ambiguous relationship between the two wounded souls is emotionally tense and rewarding. Bae Doo-na is excellent in the lead, and does a fantastic job of conveying her character often without words, gradually revealing her trauma and secrets through body language and the look in her eyes. Kim Sae-ron is also on top form in the difficult, semi-femme fatale role of Do Hee, and adds the necessary believability to the character, mixing vulnerability and manipulative techniques of an older and more sexualised woman ?Kim was certainly well deserving of her Best New Actress win at the Blue Dragon Awards.
A Girl At My Door is a challenging, absorbing film, and one of the very best offerings not only from Korea, but anywhere in the world in 2014. Boosted by first-class performances from its female leads, the film marks an incredibly accomplished first outing for July Jung, and clearly highlights her as a director well worth keeping an eye on in the future.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com
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The beautiful green coastal landscape is the first most natural sprawl police officer Yeong-nam (Doona Bae) gazes upon, as she approaches her destination of a rural seaside town. Transferred there by her superiors to lay low after a personal incident. The second is of unnatural circumstances, a bedraggled little girl crouching beside the country roadside just as Yeong-nam's car wheels thrust a puddle of water over the girl. Stopping her car Yeong-nam gets out and looks back at the pitifully soaked girl, who then quickly runs away through a field pathway. The girl looked somehow happy in her immersed nature, but also wrong. Heading on to the coastal town Yeong-nam locates her new police post as head officer and introduced to chief Eom (Jong-hak Son) who drives Yeong-nam around the coastal town. The town people insular with many older folk not taking to strangers, although a local fishing business accommodates various immigrants. Mindful of her post, Yeong-nam cannot take her mind of the little girl, especially when seeing her again being kicked by a group of school kids. Yeong-nam berates the kids and discovers the girls name - Do-hee (Sae-ron Kim). Yeong-nam learns that Do-hee lives with her step father Yong-ha (Sae-byeok Song) and grandmother (Jin-goo Kim). But Yeong-nam ever watchfully observing the child, sees Do-hee running away from her home and investigating sees Do-hee then beaten by her drunken step father. Intervening Yong-ha's abuse, Yeong-nam warns Yong-ha about his bad conduct at the police station. But the next day Yeong-nam again watches as Do-hee's grandmother chases the child on a small cart vehicle and after catching Do-hee, the grandmother beats the child for 'disobedience' of running away. Silently Yeong-nam wonders why such a girl would be subjugated to a fate of violent punishment by those who should care for her.
To ease her job stress Yeong-nam drinks So-ju that she pours out of alcoholic bottles into a large plastic water container. Getting drunk is the only way she can sleep. But next day Yeong-nam learns that Do-hee's grandmother had been killed, found dead by the coast shore apparently driving her small carrier truck over the road edge. Whilst investigating the death Yeong-nam, shifting from personal anxiety to maternal protection, decides to take Do-hee into her living accommodation. After all, Do-hee constantly knocked her door at night, standing outside dishevelled and bruised after her father's drunken rage.
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Partly broken and brought together
Yeong-nam was determined Yong-ha be reprimanded - but Do-hee's step father ran the town's coastal fishing business. His reputation good for the town's people - bad for human fatherly conduct.
Away from her sociopathic step father Do-hee brightens up living with police woman Yeong-nam - the girl's protector and pseudo mother figure. Do-hee dances and harbours a happy nature spirit, such naturalness that garnered resentment and physical abuse for some absurd conditioned reason. Do-hee's mother was also beaten by Yong-ha, and when she could take no more and had left, Do-hee became the next punching bag. For a short time Yeong-nam 'adopts' the girl and shares a mutual closeness with her that eases both their mental pain. But one day at the town's police department a woman walks back into Yeong-nam's life. Her lover from the city of Seoul, their past break-up leaving much pain. Due to Yeong-nam and her alcoholic drinking necessity and Yeong-nam's 'incident' for her police transference.
But when Yeong-nam is spotted with her once lover by Yong-ha, misconceptions begin to percolate via rumour about Yeong-nam's motive for letting Do-hee live with her. Rumours and mistrust that leads Yeong-nam to be arrested for the possible molestation of a child.
'A Girl at my Door' is difficult. Violent arrogant child abuse, bigotry and alcoholism, racial neglect, manipulation. For me, situations here can be over focused on racialism or a precocious child using disturbing sexual manipulation. But the central story is of sociopathic violence and ignorance. How when someone like Yeong-nam suddenly finds herself emotionally mixed up with a viciously abused child, along with the woman's own stressed state of mind and sexual preferences -leads to other people believing Yeong-nam a child abuser. A lesbian police woman who really cares for Do-hee - albeit suffering stress and alcoholism. When natural love and maternal concern (Yeong-nam washing/sharing a bath with bruised and beaten Do-hee) become institutionally looked upon with suspicion. Nevertheless, the plot outcome is also a devious white lie. It could seem sick to some, but the survival instinct of Do-hee and the true separation of maternal love was the last resort. Do-hee (a monster?) being ripped apart from human love, could take no more. But AGAMD as merit, wonderful scenery and poetic ambience, good subtle shifts of characterisation from Doona - all within a certain crazy mental lunacy of preferential need.