This crapfest is typical of a certain type of male rape fantasy. "Snooty girl rejects bad boy. Bad boy magically contrives to blackmail her into prostitution. They fall in love of course." It's not about love. It's about violence.
Korean revenge cinema is effective when the ambivalence is complex and the motivation for payback is emotionally valid. But in a world where women are sold into prostitution daily, why poeticize the systematic degradation of a lady who's done nothing wrong -- all to please a bully who resents being shamed in public? This film's just another fantasy of victimization with benefits. Wall Street bulls should love it.
Interspersed moments of tenderness and cruelty, humanity and inhumanity, beauty and pain. Beautifully structured and perfectly paced. This film quickly sheds its genre trappings and becomes something utterly transcendent--a meditation on human nature and our need to love and be loved.
Stockholm Syndrome meets fairy tale romance when a poor misunderstood pimp thug kidnapper targets a young woman as his soulmate and arranges for her enslavement and violent, ongoing debasement, thereby winning her heart - and her backdated consent... and other such nonsense, in this reprehensible (and otherwise uninteresting) attempt to romanticize sexual violence, male aggression and rape culture. Gross.
Dull. Some effective scenes are not enough to make up with issues of focus and a repetitive, meandering narrative. The politics of the film might be troublesome, but I barely cared enough about it to get to them. A wet fish of a film. Ultimately, really fucking boring. In that there was a lot of fucking in it, and it was boring.
A lot of guesswork is required in this film. Subtitles don't always present a clear and actual dialogue. Very dark, in more ways than one. An unconvincing and implausible story about how easy it is to get a girl into prostitution and how difficult it is for her to get out. Spoilers ........she spits at him, she vomits on him... are they destined to end up together? Is this love? Couldn't stop watching....why?