by Kim Ki-duk
Director: Kim Ki-duk
Script: Kim Ki-duk
Cinematographer: Seo Jung-min
Editing: Ham Sung-won
Sound: Ahn Sang-ho
Music: Park Ho-jun
Cast: Yang Dong-kun, Ban Min-jung, Kim Young-min, Bang Eun-jin, Myeong Gye-mam, Lee In-ok, Cho Jae-hyeon, Mitch Mahlum
Production: Tube Entertainment, L/J Film
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35 mm, Colour, 117 min,
OV Korean with French Subtitles
Venise Film Festival 2001
A woman writes letters to an Afro-American soldier. Each time, she joins a photo of Chang-kuk, their mixed-race son. Her only wish is to go and join her lover in United States. For years, her letters have come back with the mention “unknown address”. Mixed-race son Chang-kuk, one-eyed college girl Eun-Ok, and shy Jihun become companions in misfortune. The trio tries to survive to the rift of the war in a zone controlled by the American army, at the boarder of North Korea.
"Mixed-race people are still not well thought of in Korea. They are not considered pure. People think that they have been contaminated by United-States." Kim ki-duk.
Unknown Address is partly an autobiographical film and reflects Korea in total mutation. A feeling of humanity dominates in the film where the characters are the victims of taboos (mixed-race children born in sin, disabled …).