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Pollen A rich industrialist named Hyun-ma owns a huge traditional Korean house on the outskirts of Seoul, where his mistress lives together with her younger sister Mi-ran. One day, Hyun-ma brings to the house a young man named Dan-ju, who serves as his secretary and also his occasional lover.
The day's plans go awry when Mi-ran played by the year-old actress Yun So-ra experiences her first menstrual cycle and, mortified by her sister's laughter, runs out of the house.
Dan-ju chases after her, and the two end up spending the day together. As the young man and woman get to know each other, feelings develop between them.
This will prove to be the spark that sets off Hyun-ma's jealous rage and turns the house into a hotbed of sexual tension. As someone with keen political consciousness and a strong interest in cutting edge cinema, Ha sought to bring something new to the Korean film industry, even though he was well aware of the hurdles he would face from the censorship board.
In the end, even with his creative freedom severely restricted, Pollen caused a scandal upon its release, particularly for the grotesque nature of its presentation.
Inspired by the early works of the New Hollywood movement, Ha set aside the conventions of established film grammar in search of a new aesthetic. It was a film ahead of its time, and most critics felt alienated by it. Much has been made of the fact that the residence in this film is referred to as "the blue house" pureun-jip.
This bears an unmistakable resemblance to the name of the president's residence in postwar Korea Cheongwadae, literally "house with blue roof tiles" and referred to in English as the Blue House. It's tempting to think of the character of Hyun-ma, with his rapacious greed and cruelty, as a straight allegory of the military dictatorship, but Pollen is a more complex film than this simple reading might suggest.
Ha is just as interested in examining power and authority - and our failure to resist it -- on an abstract level. Pollen is often compared to Pasolini's Teorema for its similar portrayal of a household where tensions and repressed desires are unleashed by a visitor from the outside.
But this is a work with a very different agenda. Growing progressively darker in its later reels, the film can be read as an attempt to depict the true, ugly face of authoritarianism, while at the same time giving us a candid glimpse into our inner selves.
This is ambitious filmmaking, and even in its somewhat butchered form, it stands as one of the high points of s Korean cinema. Darcy Paquet Pollen "Hwabun Kkott-garu ". Written and directed by Ha Kil-chong. Based on the novel by Lee Hyo-seok. Cinematography by Yoo Young-gil.
Produced by Daeyang Film Company. Released on April 7, This film further explores recurring Kim themes of ambivalent modernization first displayed in The Housemaid.
In fact, it's the differences from Kim's most internationally famous film that make The Insect Woman all the more fascinating. First major difference, this Myeong-ja has a back story. Kim Kyeong refers to these recurring characters in Kim Ki-young's oeuvre as "the Myeong-ja's" since he often reuses that name for them.
The daughter of a mistress mother, we are shown the dire straits that lead Myeong-ja to become a bar hostess and later a mistress herself to Dong-shik Namgung Won.
And, yes, this being a South Korean film of the 's, the clich? Second major difference, Dong-shik's wife Soo-ja isn't particularly threatened by Myeong-ja. The primary bread-winner for the family through her transport business, the Sigmund-Kim-ian reason for Dong-shik's impotency that Myeung-ja curesSoo-ja takes control of Dong-shik and Myeong-ja by providing them an allowance and a modern two-level house in which they can only spend days together, for the nights are Soo-ja's.
And so are Dong-shik's testes, because Soo-ja drugs him in order to have his doctor perform a vasectomy to prevent Myeong-ja from thrusting a paternity wedge between Dong-shik and Soo-ja and their two children.
The absurd complicity on the part of the wife in her husband's affair keeps this Myeong-ja from being seen as the sole evil temptress.
Gender, Genre, and National Cinema edited by Kathleen McHugh and Nancy Abelmanncontemporary female audience members screamed for vengeance to be taken upon the housemaid in The Housemaid.
Yet, in The Insect Woman, the wife's surreal participation in her husband's affair deflects any attempt to temper moral unease with tempers flared through the fourth wall of the movie screen.
And as a final difference, this being a Kim Ki-young film, there are rodents in the house, this time mice instead of rats. And this time, the Myeong-ja is scared of them and it's Dong-shik's daughter Kim Ju-mi who handles them without any fear.
Rather than ruin the surprise spectacle of one of the more memorable scenes in The Insect Woman, let me just say it involves psychedelic-colored candies. And again digressing from Kim's previous scenes of shock, this candy-covered cinematic capsule shocks more for its scandalous nature than for its morbid nature.
Berry best sums up the extant oeuvre of Kim Ki-young by writing that his ". This paradoxical state that defies either realist representation or critical distance prefers direct somatic response and full ambivalence" p. Yet that doesn't mean modernization wasn't desired by South Koreans simultaneously.
It is this ambivalence, this paradox that results in the anxious rush and thrill that Kim's films provided for South Korean viewers of the time.The Butterfly Effect movie reviews & Metacritic score: Evan Treborn (Kutcher) has lost track of time. From an early age, crucial moments of his life have dis.
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