Tae-suk is homeless and lives like a phantom. His daily routine involves temporarily staying in houses and apartments he knows to be vacant. He never steals from nor damages his unknowing hosts’ homes; rather, he is like a kind ghost, sleeping in other people’s beds, eating a little food out of strangers’ refrigerators and repaying their unintended hospitality by doing the laundry or making small repairs. Sun-hwa was once a beautiful model, but she has become withered living under the shadow of her abusive husband, who keeps her imprisoned in their affluent, expensively decorated house. Tae-suk and Sun-hwa are bound by fate to cross paths though their invisible existences. They meet when Tae-suk breaks into Sun-hwa’s house and they instantly recognize the similarity of their souls. As if bound by unseen ties, they find themselves unable to separate and quietly accept their bizarre new destiny. –MSN
One of the most controversial Korean directors, Kim Ki-duk is a self-taught filmmaker who prides himself on his outsider status, openly setting himself apart from contemporaries like Hong Sang-soo and Lee Chang-dong, who he considers too intellectual. Kim’s films have drawn vitriol for their subject matter and praise for their technique, and he has often been compared to his predecessor Kim Ki-young, who was also self-taught and whose films bear a much less brutal, but equally eccentric, personal stamp. Born in a mountainous village, Kim moved with his family to Seoul at the age of nine. During his teenage years he dropped out of school and worked in factories, and at the age of 20, he began a five-year stint in the marines, the toughest and most demanding branch of the Korean military. These early experiences would inspire the gritty milieu and dim view of human relationships that characterize his films. A painter since childhood, Kim went to France in 1990, where he studied art and… read more
Today it seems like something real can only be achieved by the suppression of the body (which has become a burden on an society of the virtual-spectacle). Sadly, the film tries to forget the pain a real body feels, by becoming a ghost, by conforming needs to the distorted ugly circunstances of everyday life. The body does not work together with the mind to change things, but ends up being discarted to embrace a lie.