2011/07/02

La Belle (Korean cat III)

La Belle (2000)

Director: Kyun-dong Yeo
Writers: Sang-woo Lee (writer) & Kyun-dong Yeo (novel)
Release Date: 12 August 2000 (South Korea)
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Staring: Lee Ji Hyun, Oh Ji Ho
IMDB Rating: 8/10 (159 votes)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0269546/
This is an odd one. It is tempting to classify La Belle as an artsy soft-core outing. Certainly, the plethora of glimpses of the two leads\' naked bodies, together and separately, would qualify it as such. The artsy feel comes from the meticulous photography, all nicely done and in good taste. On the other hand, I could not help but feel that the film offers more than the rancid tale of the two star-crossed lovers. On the surface, the story is simple enough. A woman (Lee Ji-Hyun) literally drops into the life of a reclusive writer (Oh Ji-Ho). She seduces him and he gradually begins falling in love with her until his feelings develop into an obsession with her but especially her body. As he craves her love, she continues to meet with her old boyfriend, whom she claims to love but who abuses her. But was that the entire story?

La Belle (Korean cat III)

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