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Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Cast: Kim Hye-Su, Kim Tae-U
Release Year: 2006
Subtitle: English, Korean
Language: Korean
Duration: 97 Minutes
Rating: 18+

Mixing reality with fantasy, this mystery film explores the fragility of lovers whose past relations have been shattered and deals with their resulting mental trauma and tragedies. Jisu (played by Kim Hye-su) is struggling with a sense of emptiness, constant delusion and being in a directionless state after braking down with what is diagnosed as "borderline personality disorder." At the hospital, she meets psychiatrist Seogwon (Kim Tae-u) who feels strong compassion for her. Tragedy ensues when Seogwon, also living with psychological scars, meets Jisu again a year later and harbors a desire for her. From that time on, their relation develops from that of doctor and patient to more than dear friends. Breaking taboo, Seokwon hypnotizes her to cure her first but later uses the hypnosis to have his ardent love reciprocated by her. Director Kim Insik attempts to communicate visually with viewers by using such materials as glass and mirrors, as well as bathtub and melody-producing stairs, which fittingly represent the disturbed mental states of the characters. The symbol of hypnosis also plays a pivotal role of portraying reality as extremely barren and dreary. It is an irony that Seogwon's otherwise unattainable love of Jisu is fulfilled only when he uses hypnosis.


Rental Price: $2.99



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