Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae)

  • Dir: Bong Joon-ho

  • South Korea, 2000, Korean, 110 min, 35mm

  • Cast: Lee Sung-jae, Bae Doo-na

Years before winning the Palme d’Or for Parasite (2019), Bong Joon-ho was already examining how our residences reflect and dictate our social standing. In his darkly comic debut, a suburban housing estate becomes a microcosm for the contemporary Korean experience, where residents and staff alike suffer the joyless pressures of work, money, family, and status. Lee Sung-jae plays an unemployed academic, who forms an unlikely partnership with Bae Doo-na’s young slacker, following an altercation with a persistently yapping canine. The film’s breezy jazz score and screwball antics keep the tone light, but dog lovers beware, the four-legged stars often bear the brunt of Bong’s unflinching satire.

Hong Kong International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Award

24/08/2019 (SAT): Film talk with Ernest Chan

35mm print courtesy of the Korean Film Archive.



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