Hwal (The Bow)
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A crusty old man and his teenage bride-to-be find their secluded life at sea turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious teenage boy in The Isle director Kim Ki-duk's quiet and contemplative drama. They've been together for ten years, and as the girl's seventeenth birthday draws near so does the union of this unlikely May-December couple. Aside from his young companion, the thing in life that the old man holds dearest to his heart is his bow. Not only is the bow an effective means of warding off would-be suitors who would seek to spirit away his young shipmate, but a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An elegiac portrait of elemental love complicated by the outside world."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Une oeuvre de synthèse consacrant les derniers efforts de Kim Ki-duk comme certains des plus importants du cinéma sud-coréen des années 2000."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Brushes close to offensive material, but it has an unexpected sweetness and skill that keeps it from toppling over the edge."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A minor work from a major talent."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"How does the guy come up with this stuff?"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"A painful experience that no amount of eye candy can make up for."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
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