The Bow details
|Starring:||Yeo-reum Han, Gook-hwan Jeon, Si-jeok Seo, Si-Jeok Seo, Yeo-Reum Han|
|Directors:||Ki-duk Kim, Ki-Duk Kim|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Aug 2007|
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The final nail in my Kim Ki-Duk viewing coffin...?By Mattowar (17 reviews) from Wath upon Dearne , 08 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Now, I'm no fool and know that Kim Ki-Duk's films are never an easy ride. More often than not, it takes a bit of effort to get something out of it in the end.
The time has come, though, to give up the ghost. 3-Iron was fantastic and Bad Guy and Spring, Summer... was great. The Coastguard, Samaritan Girl, The Isle, Address Unknown teetered on the edge of pointlessness and Real Fiction was truly awful.
The Bow was typically beautifully shot and there was enough latent symbolism to be engaging. However, moving, insightful and affecting cinema shouldn't be this much hard work. Nor should it leave such a bad taste in the mouth.
Having read some earlier reviews and synopses, I was expecting a throughly disturbing and morally questionable finale. Perhaps I have become de-sensitised, but I didn't find the final scenes all that troublesome. They were merely weak.
On the positive side, Han Yeo-Reum is stunning and almost makes up for the mercifully short 88 minutes of my life that I can't get back.
Having said all of this, I'm sure I'll forget everything I've said and just go ahead and watch everything else Kim churns out in the hope he recaptures some of his earlier glory.
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There are more strings to this bow than you can imagineBy papatez (330 reviews) from folkestone , 03 Oct 2013This is definitely a marmite film you either love it or hate it as reading the other reviews will testify. If you haven't hit the eject button after 10 minutes you will probably stick with it to the end and the reward is there if you do. Stunning visuals, haunting Korean music and virtually no dialogue so those that don't like subtitles will be happy. All the way through you will be speculating on where it is going but there is no way that you will guess the ending that just leaves you speechless. Definitely worth a try.
ethereal yet more magic.By Mintyloly (18 reviews) from England , 08 Jul 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Ethereal beautiful what a lovely film this director keeps surprising, his films are sensual, always beautiful and wonderful music. Minimal dialogue... Just fantastic
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Korean Josef FritzlBy szczepan (1 review) from Hounslow , 21 May 2012The Bow is simply awful. You might enjoy images, slow arty pacing and totally cheesy music. There is Buddha, fortune telling and other supposedly profound elements, but when you focus on plot its hard not to think about Fritzl case. Old man lives on the boat with the girl he brought up and intends to marry. She is not his real daughter, but not an orphan, her parents are looking for her. To make things even more bizarre he shoots arrows at anybody who tries to get close to her (oh dear, that Dr. Freud again). No need to explain anything else.
bow tells fortuneBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 09 Aug 2011Fisherman plans to marry young girl who he raised on fishing boat and who has no experience of life on land. Young fishermen he works with get in his way leading towards inevitable conclusion.
A lot more engaging than hollywood filmsBy Anniegetyogun (116 reviews) from Down South , 04 Apr 2011I really enjoyed this film from start to finish and I am known to ff if a film drags. Thi is a piece on circumstance and character, not highly active nevertheless there is a story that unfolds and I would say it was paced exactly as it should be for the subject. Its quite bizarre in a sense but this is a cultural difference and when you see that, its quite touching. I reccommend.