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Director Kim Ki-duk's "The Bow" to Screen in Japan

2006/09/08 Source

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Director Kim Ki-duk's 2005 film "The Bow" will screen in Tokyo on Saturday after a disappointing run in Korea last year.

The movie portrays the love between an old man and a young girl who live on an old ship docked near a desolate isle. The man makes his living off fishermen as he struggles to protect the girl from their lewd advances.

The title refers to a bow the old man uses to ward off the fishermen and to play music for the girl. But a love triangle emerges when a young college man comes to the island to fish.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun said that ordinary moviegoers would be shocked by the director's portrayal of love. But it also said that Kim succeeded in making a genuine love story highlighted by the old man's humorous portrayal.

The film was released in Korea in May last year, drawing a mere one-thousand-four-hundred-50 viewers. As Kim appears to be more appreciated abroad, many wonder how Japanese fans will react.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio

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