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There's nothing like a challenge. Making a film in which the central character speaks not a word of dialogue qualifies as one. It is also an effective device to hold your attention -- just to see if an utterance finally emerges from the silence. Well, I'm not going to give anything away, but I can tell you that this film, by Korean writer-director Ki-duk Kim (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring) more or less meets the challenge. The appeal of it lies in his audacious approach to themes of displacement, cruelty, and thwarted justice.

Tae-suk (Hyun-kyoon Lee), a nice looking young man, has a beautiful, fairly new motorcycle but no place of his own to live. He does, however, have a lockpick, and a rather freaky method to find shelter each night. His job (not necessarily a legitimate one) is to tape restaurant advertisements to the front doors of houses and apartments on a street of his choosing. Returning the next day, the doors that still have the promo sheets attached are, likely as not, empty.

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Samaritan Girl Review


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Perhaps there's a language barrier between the U.S. and Korea. I'm just not sure that if you're a teen prostitute, and your best friend kills herself, and you decide to sleep with all her old customers... that that makes you a "samaritan." But maybe I'm just being weird about it.

Samaritan Girl is a strange, strange trip through the pathetic lives of a pair of Korean prostitutes/schoolgirls. When one offs herself (the cops are closing in and she jumps out of a window), the friend (who got her into this business in the first place), retraces her coital adventures for an unknown reason. Along for the ride is her father, shadowing every encounter, and getting into an altercation with each man the young girl sleeps with -- typically slapping him upset the head until one or both of them runs away in tears. He never confronts the daughter, and in the end they wind up stranded in the countryside, eating sweet potatoes.

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