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"No sweet treat."
2 stars

Pre-Memento utilization of the backwards progression of a story, separated by interlards of the reverse-motion of a train and the box-sprung insanity of a South Korean denizen slowly rewound.

The locomotive accompanies the antagonist from his suicide in 1999, to his innocence as a nerdy, flower-smelling, love-struck student photographer in 1979, each portion replete with a different style haircut on actor Sol Kyung-gu. As his madness, temper and unhappiness are reeled back in, it serves the opposite effect for the viewer, who instead adopts the antagonist’s irascibility and vexation. (Only it reflects the distress with the main character rather than sharing his distress with the surroundings.) Several points are made and taken (then quickly dismissed) with the temperament and climate of the society, but director Lee Chang-dong strayly abandons his zings for the ever-so-direct wrapping-up of the character’s de-evolution.

With Moon So-ri.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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9/27/16 Balaji Excellent work by Park Chang-Dong. Sol has done an unparalleled performance. 4 stars
12/19/10 Anonymous Amazing film, do not listen to this review. Over simplification can make any film seem bad. 5 stars
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Directed by
  Chang-dong Lee

Written by
  Chang-dong Lee

  Yejin Kim
  Kyung-gu Sol
  Suh Jung
  So-ri Moon

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