Samaritan Girl

This ludicrous melodrama contrives to sanitise, glamorise and deplore teenage prostitution, all at the same time. Schoolgirl Jae-Young (Seo) hooks for pocket money, apparently identifying with the legendary Indian prostitute Vasumitra, whose clients became devout Buddhists. During a police raid, she suicidally jumps from the third storey of a cheap motel. After her death, disapproving classmate Yeo-Jin (Kwak) starts having sex with Jae-Young's clients and returning their money. Many are conscience stricken and mend their ways. But Yeo-Jin's father (Lee), a widower cop, gets the wrong end of the stick and starts hunting down the men - eventually killing one of them in rage. The actual paedophile sex is kept offscreen, but Kim's enraptured gaze at the two naked girls washing each other in a public bath is as prurient as they come. The whole film would be offensive if it made any sense. It won Kim his first 'Best Director' prize, in Berlin.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kim Ki-Duk
Screenwriter: Kim Ki-Duk
Cast: Lee Uhl
Kwak Ji-Min
Seo Min-Jung

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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BrenJames

I agree with 'storyteller,' and NOT with 'TR!' This is a hard film to watch (don't watch it when depressed, it might tip you over the edge!) This film is by turns hearbreakingly depressing and touching and poignant. It leaves you feeling an empty lost feeling in the pit of your stomach. Yet somehow I'm glad I watched it. Hard to describe why - but watch it and you'll see.

storytellerr

Dear TR, you obviously don't know what you are talking about. The film is about 'human condition' and its a masterstroke by Mr. Kim, who knows buddy...who knows...

storytellerr

Dear TR, you obviously don't know what you are talking about. The film is about 'human condition' and its a masterstroke by Mr. Kim, who knows buddy...who knows...