The debut that marked the arrival of a modern master, Barking Dogs Never Bite is critically acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) snappy black comedy about a downtrodden young man who’s being assailed by both man and beast. His pregnant wife treats him like dirt, and his dreams of becoming a professor have just been squashed by a crooked dean. To top it all off, one of the pesky dogs in his apartment building won`t stop its incessant barking! Something`s got to give, so he decides to get rid of the furry nuisance once and for all — or so he thinks. –Mongrel Media
BONG Joon-ho studied Sociology at the Yonsei University and graduated from the Korean Film Academy. By 1995 he made three short films Memories in My Frame, White Man and Incoherence. He wrote and directed his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite, which won a Fipresci Award at the Hong Kong Film Festival in 2001. His second feature Memories of Murder won the Silver Shell award for the best director in San Sebastian Film Festival in 2003. In 2006 his third feature film, The Host, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. —london.korean-culture.org
Joon-Ho's debut film, bolstered by a good supporting performance by Hee-bong, is adequate for most of it's running time with certain moments of greatness (involving toilet paper and cheering hoodie-wearing crowds). Not only could've been shorter but most of the jokes fall flat & the story meanders around but the moments when it works it shows some promise.