Remaining mute throughout the film, Suh Jung has a wraithlike presence, or more appropriately comes across as a waterlogged avenging angel. When one of her johns short-changes her, she sneaks up on him late into the night (when he's in the midst of taking a dump off the side of his boat; a detail filmmaker Kim Di-Duk presents from an underwater POV shot -- thanks). Knifing her offender in the side, Suh Jung drifts away, ignoring his pleas for help. It's the slasher film as directed by Shohei Imamura, who posited his latest view on Asian culture "from the waist down" in the excellent Warm Water Under a Red Bridge.
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