Synopsis: A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ki-duk Kim
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min



"Jang-Jin tried to kill himself"

"In hansung prison

at 7am this morning."

"Jang-Jin, who's on death row,

is currently under medical care."

"We now take you to the scene."

"Jang-Jin stabbed his neck twice

with a sharp object."

"He was immediately taken to

"A hospital under restraint."

"Jang-Jin's second

suicide attempt"

"Stemmed from his extreme fear"

"Over his soon-To-Come execution."

"In january of 2005,"

"Jang-Jin tried to kill himself

with a sharp object,"

"And woke up several months later

after being in a coma."

"This time at hansung prison..."

"Death row inmate

jang-Jin was released"

"From the hospital today."

"After a three-Hour surgery,"

"He is now in

an unconscious state."

"His doctor said that his throat

was seriously damaged,"

"And that he won't be able"

"To speak for some time."

"Back in december 9, 2005,


Watch soap operas

instead of this stuff.

Instead of making sculptures

all day.

Go out and

meet some people...

"Jang-Jin, who attempted

suicide yesterday,"

"Returned back to

prison this afternoon"

"After his treatment."

"Prison officials say that since

he will attempt another suicide,"

"They hope his execution

will come earlier."

"A law official who

wish to remain anonymous"

"Said that his sentence will most likely

be carried out this month."

"Lee hyun-Sun reporting

for mbs."

"Back in november, 2005, jang-Jin..."

What are you doing?

That's not yours.

Take it off!

I said take it off!

Take it off!

Death row inmate jang-Jin

attempts second suicide


Where would you like to go?

Anywhere is fine.


To hansung prison.


At this hour?

Yes, to hansung prison.


I'm here to visit jang-Jin.

What is your relationship with him?

He's my ex-Boyfriend.

How can i trust that?

We can't let you in

without clearing your relationship.

I have to meet him.


Okay, hold on.

Sir, someone wants to

see jang-Jin.

Yes, sir.

I'm sorry, we can't

accept any visitors.

Yes, sir.

Yes... yes, i understand.

Excuse me!

Excuse me!

Don't be scared.

It's a woman.

She said she's your ex-Girlfriend.

I was dead once for five minutes.

When i was nine...

My friends and i held

our breaths underwater for fun.

I opened my eyes underwater,

And they were holding

their breaths for a long time.

But the more time had passed,

I felt like dying.

But still,

I held on till the end.

My chest felt stuffy and

my body felt like exploding.

Then all of a sudden,

My head was spinning

And my body was floating

like a balloon.

I felt weird for a moment.

I opened my eyes and my friends

Were crying while

looking down on me.

They said i was dead

for five minutes.

I don't remember

how exactly i felt then.

Sometimes i remember clearly.

It's not bad...

Tell me if there's anything

i can do.

Although i don't know

if i can...

Whatever you want to do.

Don't injure yourself

any more.

Huh, ouch

- It hurts, huh?

- Yeah.

This is the liver.


I'll make it feel a lot better.

How is it?

Yeah, just wait.

- Do this side, too.

- Yes.

Do it softer.

How does it feel now?

It's nice, but be gentle.

Now for the stomach.

This part is the stomach, this part is...

Well, this is...

What's wrong?


Where did you sleep?

I asked, where did you sleep?


Yeah, hold on.

What are you doing?

Spring's far away.

Aren't you cold in that?

Where did mommy go?

Eat. And get ready

for school.

Dad, i have to buy

crayons on the way.


Go ahead and eat.

Please come in.

What are you doing?

You can't set up anything in here.

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