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Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Violet Box

Revenge is a dish best served cold. In this brilliant but gruesome, and very taboo-ridden Korean thriller, it is also a dish best served in a beautiful violet box.

DO NOT open the violet box.


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Dae-su has a few too many on his daughter's birthday and finds himself in a bit of situation. He has been abducted and confined to a shabby but livable room. He will remain a prisoner in this room for 15 years. One day he is released with new clothes, money and a cell phone. He is not told why he was abducted nor why, at this particular moment, he is being released.

He is lead down a twisted, eloquently-crafted path by a shadowy figure who architects his every thought. He eventually finds the man who stole 15 years of his life, he even finds out why, but when he opens the beautiful violet box, his world turns negative image and nothing will be the same.

Production, direction, acting, filming, music, location, plot -- everything is top-notch.

This is Hitchcock suspense meets Fellini genuis, but I will re-emphasize the words taboo-ridden. And that is only reason I can't give it a 10, it creeped me out.

9.0/10

4 Comments:

Blogger john said...

It sounds interesting, but too creepy for me. Affraid I'll have to skip this one...

I rented "Transamerica" for tonight. Have you seen it??? Maybe Bunny Lynn will do a review of it later...

10:07 PM

 
Blogger JC said...

I'll have to keep and eye out for it (but only in daylight hours) and i will probably cringe if I see a violet colored box...
I saw two kinda cute movies recently - one was 'Jeffery' - has a lot of semo-famous people in it - Steve Webber from 'Wings' and others things was the lead...and 'Dorian Blues'. Have you seen/heard of those?

12:11 AM

 
Blogger Jim said...

Transamerica is an excellent film, John. I still think Felicity should have walked away with best actress.

9:05 AM

 
Blogger Jim said...

LOL, be afraid JC, very.

I thought Jeffrey was a good film, touched on some very salient topics of the time. Plus Michael Weiss is good eye-candy for a couple of hours :)

9:08 AM

 

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