(aka "Suchwiin bulmyeong" )

 

directed by Ki-duk Kim
South Korea 2001

 

Overlooked by many, as the attention for many years has been towards the films of Kim released widely in the west, and also because it is a low-budget film, Address Unknown is the first of three films about male identity, followed by Bad Guy and The Coast Guard, and is as brutal and savage as the rest of Kim’s films, despite that it may lack the polished look of other films.

Kim attacks how the presence of American soldiers corrupts the Korean soul. Children of Korean women and American soldiers are bastards without nationality nor identity, and the only contributions to the community that the US Army has given is poverty, drugs, violence, discrimination, alcoholism and impotence. The new friendship with America even changed the official perception of the past, thus once war time heroes now traitors.

Composing his mise-en-scene as an arid wasteland inhabited by estranged Koreans opposite an army base and city, which is portrayed as a Sodom and Gomorra, which corrupts the Korean soul with everything what’s ugly about America. An especially telling composition of Kim is showing a mixed couple – she Korean, him army – being painted in front of airbrushed paintings of Jesus and a confederate soldier.

 

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: June 2, 2001

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 0 - PAL

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Tartan

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:58:59
Video

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.60 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Korean, 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean, DTS Korean
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Director's Introduction (0:38)
• Director's Interview (3:27)

DVD Release Date: June 26, 2006
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Comments Flat colours, low resolution in details, colour banding, edge enhancement, contrast boosting, cropped or overscanned, NTSC to PAL conversion issues. This is poor quality.

Sound is also rather flat, and I prefer the 2.0 Dolby Digital, as the surrounds sounds like the have been forced to be surround.

Additional material is a very brief introduction and a brief interview, where Kim talks about interpreting the film.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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