Samaritan Girl

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Samaritan Girl Review


Perhaps there's a language barrier between the U.S. and Korea. I'm just not sure that if you're a teen prostitute, and your best friend kills herself, and you decide to sleep with all her old customers... that that makes you a "samaritan." But maybe I'm just being weird about it.

Samaritan Girl is a strange, strange trip through the pathetic lives of a pair of Korean prostitutes/schoolgirls. When one offs herself (the cops are closing in and she jumps out of a window), the friend (who got her into this business in the first place), retraces her coital adventures for an unknown reason. Along for the ride is her father, shadowing every encounter, and getting into an altercation with each man the young girl sleeps with -- typically slapping him upset the head until one or both of them runs away in tears. He never confronts the daughter, and in the end they wind up stranded in the countryside, eating sweet potatoes.

I'm the first to admit I don't have a complete grasp on Korean culture, but the bizarre behavior in Samaritan Girl just doesn't jibe with any version of reality that I'm aware of. Good-girl hookers, sleeping with men on a whim? That's just the beginning of the oddity. The entire adventure that follows simply has no basis in logic, no matter how anguished our heroine is.

It's still a haunting and quite pretty film to look at, but it punts on addressing any real questions about prostitution, friendship, detachment, and romance, ultimately putting the entire burden of understanding on the viewer. Lazy.

Aka Samaria.



Samaritan Girl

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 5th March 2004

Budget: $1000 thousand

Distributed by: Tartan USA

Production compaines: Kim Ki-Duk Film

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: Yeo-reum Han as Jae-yeong, Kwak Ji-min as Yeo-jin, as Yeong-ki, Kwon Hyun-Min as Salesman, Oh Young as Musician, Gyun-Ho Im as Tidily Guy, Lee Jong-Gil as Happy Guy

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