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Barking dogs never bite

Directed by Bong, Joon-ho 2000
25 July 2008

A low-ranking university lecturer, strained by financial constraints and his wife’s pregnancy, snaps one night at the incessant barking of a neighbour’s puppy. After seizing the dog and exacting a cruel revenge, he nonetheless fails to secure the peace and quiet he so desires. Meanwhile, an employee at the apartment office receives a notice from a young girl about her missing dog.

Barking Dogs Never Bite is hard to characterise part comedy and part cruel social satire, the film is spiced with scenes and characters who seem unique to Korean cinema. The film neither looks nor feels like an art film, but yet on closer viewing, the aesthetic it creates is both complex and extremely well-executed.
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