Seh-hee and Ji-woo have dated for two years; jealousy consumes her. She worries he will tire of her face. Then, she disappears. Telling no one, she goes to a plastic surgeon for a new face. Ji-woo has no idea where she is…
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Quite a beautiful (and young) metaphor of love and devotion. Kim Ki-Duk goes deep into the insane world of commiting and soul mating: it's like an overdose of unreal relationships made only by a very tricky matching game. I could easy go without the final scene - to me, it was already gone extreme - but I get why it's there. Time brings insane and clever together.
Kim Ki-Duk is very hit or miss. This was a big miss for me. It had some nice ideas going for it but it was riddled with plot holes, some annoying emotionally manic characters, and an ending that had me banging my head in to the wall.
Reverse Vertigo, the ideal perfect woman is manifested in everyone else. Ideal fantasy thanks to plastic surgery is now a perfect "other" Here Reality IS appearance, perfect man/woman loses interest His or her partner decide to change their face to recover id however without the superficial lose identification itself. We no longer look for someone but anyone who can be someone Our face becomes the void of the other.
Meant to be an exploration of identity,it seemed more like a take on how jealousy can make a woman high strung,paranoid and unreasonable.
I guess there is some message in the fact that he didn't recognize her,as he should have even with the plastic surgery.
Has no one actually SEEN this film? I think it is a quest for identity and the self and the role a face has in the construction of one's identity, even if its the identity of another person concerning or "facing" us. Also, I think Kim Ki-duk is investigating how a face is our most intimate, and thus most essential, mean of not only interancting with another, but also recognizing and reacting to another.
At first I thought it was a Romeo and Juliet get nipped and tucked story. But the plot became increasingly murky and I realised that it was going to end badly. [Plot spoiler!] It did. Interesting and quirky (do Korean men really get into so many fist fights?), it was slow at times and the ending was like a perfect apple that one bites with anticipation, only to discover it is sour.