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Barking Dogs Never Bite(플란다스의 개)

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Korea · 2000
1h 50m
Director Bong Joon-ho
Starring Lee Sung-jae, Bae Doo-na, Byun Hee-bong, Kim Ho-jung
Genre Comedy

Frustrated by their relentless barking, unemployed academic Ko Yun-ju takes drastic action to silence his neighbors’ dogs. Park Hyun-nam, who works at the apartment complex, begins to investigate the matter — with hilarious results.

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All squeamishness aside, this just isn’t a very pleasant film in general. There’s not a single sympathetic character in the bunch, except for maybe Hyun-nam and she’s a lazy bore. Everyone else is just plain, well, mean. For all the brilliance in some of its action scenes, this sluggish flick feels like a stretched out graduate thesis film.


Variety by David Rooney

While the slender idea feels stretched at feature length and fails to brings its themes of societal chaos together in a fully cohesive way, the film is fresh and lively enough to score further festival bookings, particularly at events devoted to new talent.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Barking Dogs Never Bite is uneven, unnecessarily provocative, and exhausts its central premise long before the closing credits, but it’s invigorating to watch regardless. After all, Bong is just doing what New Wave artists do: experimenting, breaking rules, showing off.

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