Chinese Version


Address Unknown (South Korea)


Abandoned youths


Director: Kim Ki-Duk

Cast: Yang Dong-Kun   Kim Young-Min   Ban Min-Yung

Footage: 118min

Year: 2001

Chang-guk and his mother live in a red abandoned bus. Chang-guk's mother writes to Chang-guk's father who was a black soldier stationed in Korea but who now has left them behind to go back to America. Although each of her letters come back to her stamped with "Address Unknown" she does not give up. Despite her unrequited love, the woman has an affair with the village dog butcher. Chang-guk is the object of societal scorn and rejection and can only get a job as a dog butcher. He despises his mother and often beats her.

Ji-heum is a timid youth who does not attend high school but instead works at a local portrait studio. He is oftentimes overwhelmed by his overbearing father who claims he was a war hero. Ji-heum has a secret crush on Eun-ok, a girl with a mutilated eye. She hides half of her face behind her hair and has also withdrawn from the world. The girl is too damaged to have a normal relationship and allows her dog to satisfy her needs until she becomes embroiled in a difficult relationship with an American soldier James who promises to pay for her eye surgery.

An outburst of violence brings all conflicts to an end and changes everyone's lives.


Address Unknown (2 disc set)

Interview with Kim Ki-Duk

Kim Ki-duk's `Address Unknown' Goes to Venice

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