full title
TIME (2006)
  • Director KIM Ki-duk
    Year 2006
    Status Completed
    Genre drama
    Starring SUNG Hyun-ah, HA Jung-woo
    Running Time 96 min.
    Country of Production Korea
    Festival & Awards 2006 Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival - Opening Film
    Synopsis A young couple is deeply in love. Seh-hee and Ji-woo have been going out for two years. But as time passes on, Seh-hee becomes anxious if Ji-woo would get tired of her. So she gets hysterical whenever Ji-woo pays a slightest attention to another woman. One day, just as she worried, Ji-woo can’t make love to Seh-hee. Only when she suggests him picture another woman, then Ji-woo can have sex with her. Frustrated Seh-hee disappears and secretly undergoes a plastic surgery to completely change her looks in hopes of refreshing their dying passion.

    On the other hand, Ji-woo, agonizing over Seh-hee’s loss, visits the island where he used to go with Seh-hee. There he meets a woman wearing big sunglasses and mask covering up her face. Captured by strong attraction, Ji-woo follows her, but she suddenly disappears.

    After several mysterious incidents interfering him from having sex, Ji-woo finds an alluring waitress in a café where he regularly went with Seh-hee and surprisingly discovers that the waitress’ name is similar with Seh-hee. It is Seh-he. Ji-woo slowly falls for Seh-hee but still can’t throw away the lingering affection towards Seh-hee.

    A few days later, Ji-woo receives a letter from Seh-hee saying she wants to be back with him. Ji-woo decides to break up with Seh-hee to go back to Seh-hee. Seh-hee violently protests and Ji-woo leaves her in disgust. But when Ji-woo goes to the cafe to meet Seh-hee, he finds Seh-hee wearing a mask made of Seh-hee’s facial photo and the story drastically dashes to its destructive end…