Plot: Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin 'manages' her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young falls in love with one of those man she surpresses her feelings towards him in respect of her friend who's jealous. One Day Yeo-Jin fails in doing her job overlooking police officers looking for underaged porstitutes. In order to not get caught Jae-Young jumps out of a window almost killing herself. On her deathbed, she wishes to see the man again whom she fell in love with and turned away from. But the man only agrees if Yeo-Jin sleeps with him. She does but as they arrive in the hospital Jae-Young is already dead. Trying to understand her best friend, Yeo-Jin tracks down every man she slept with and does the same. As her father learns about this he gets on revenge with fatal consequences...
«If you haven't experienced a Kim Ki-Duk film, I highly recommend you do so. His voice is one of the most powerful and unique on the international film scene, and Samaritan Girl is as fascinating and challenging as his previous efforts.»
«Having created an early body of work that has polarised audiences with its distilled natural beauty and discomfiting fusion of sexuality and violence, Kim Ki-duk seems to be embarking on a more restrained, introspective and mature phase that began with Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.and Spring (2003) and continues with Samaritan Girl – two films that, perhaps not coincidentally, not only depict an existential state, but also offer a possibility for enlightenment within it. It is with this refreshing sense of hope, combined with an astute eye for social detail and aesthetic composition, that Kim creates one of the most profoundly moving and strangely transcendent metaphoric images of intruded-upon (and violated) landscape in recent cinema, in the final shot of Samaritan Girl: the errant sight of a wobbling, out of control car struggling to chase a sports utility vehicle through a flooded gravel road in the rural countryside, doggedly navigating the inhospitable terrain using an innate compass that elusively, but transfixedly, points home.»
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