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118 minutes · 2003

Comedy drama, Science fiction
This genre-busting 2003 debut feature by writer-director Jang Jun-hwan flopped in his native South Korea, where it was misleadingly pitched as a date movie. Convinced the earth is under siege by extraterrestrials, a troubled young man and his acrobat girlfriend abduct a corporate executive they believe to be an undercover alien and set about torturing him at a mountain hideaway; meanwhile an over-the-hill cop and an eager rookie are closing in. Punk graphics and a snaking camera add zest to the story, which is alternately heartbreaking, suspenseful, and darkly funny. In Korean with subtitles.
Director: Jang Jun-hwan
Writer: Jang Jun-hwan
Cast: Shin Ha-gyun, Baek Yun-shik, Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jae-yong, Lee Ju-hyeon and Ki Ju-bong

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