Monday, April 4, 2016

Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

A South Korean drama directed by Bong Joon-ho.
An aspiring professor is annoyed by a barking dog in his apartment building. He catches it and traps it in the basement, only to find that it is the wrong dog. When he goes to get the dog, the maintenance man is eating it. He then finds the right dog and kills it. An office worker girl sees this happen and shows the dog's owner, who dies shortly after. The professor's wife gets a dog, which he loses and the office worker helps him try to look for it.
This was a very complex plot with lots of characters, but there were memorable scenes that made everything fit together nicely. The camera-work was awesome. It showed everything very clearly and there were some unique shots. The most memorable parts for me were the maintenance men telling a ghost story in the basement and the office worker hanging out at her fat friend's store. Everyone and everything tied into the story very well and the script is probably a masterpiece worth reading on it's own. Overall, excellently made and it held my attention. I'm rating this good.
I know I've been giving too many good ratings recently without enough nudie pics. Fortunately for me, Far-Eastern cinema is just that way. The humor is cleaner, plots are better, characters are more memorable and the camera-work is superior. I'm talking modern here, not dime-a-dozen fuvies like "Shaolin Twelve Drunken Monks of the Buddhist Palm vs Wu-Tang Invincible Sleeping Fist" or other such '70s trash. Asian cinema has come a long way in a short time, leaving America in it's dust. Just read back a page or 2 on my blog for evidence of this.

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