Sunday, January 21, 2007


Lies (Gojitmal)

M18 : For Mature Audiences Only
Release Date : 1999
Director: Jang Sun Woo
Writer: Chang Jung Il (Novel), Jang Sun Woo (Adaptation)

Lee Sang Hyun ... J
Kim Tae Yeon ... Y

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Jang Sun Woo's GOJITMAL (LIES) is a disturbing, sexually charged, highly erotic film based on a book by Jang Jung Il, TELL ME A LIE, that was banned in Korea for its pornographic content. The film tells the story of Y (Kim Tae Yeon), an 18-year-old girl ready to explore her sexuality, and J (Lee Sang Hyun), a married 38-year-old sculptor who is excited at the chance to deflower her. What starts out as a minor sexual tryst, however, soon turns into an obsessive relationship laden with guilt, lies, and sado-masochism--Y and J both need the pain of whipping in order to satisfied their naked desires. The film is shot in a documentary-like cinema verité style, using a handheld camera, and many scenes contain only the natural atmospheric sounds--as well as the sound of the camera humming in the background. The lead actors, both making their acting debut, sometimes talk to the camera as themselves, discussing their decisions to take on the challenging roles. Filled with disturbing images, full frontal male and female nudity, and experimental cinematic techniques, LIES is a compelling, difficult, fascinating film that the viewer must be prepared for.

**Trivia : Filmed on location in South Korea and Paris. Director Jang Sun Woo said about LIES, "I wanted the film to show the lives of the characters in graffiti-like terms to make the distinction between pornography and enlightenment disappear. The same goes for the distinction between the spectator's senses of empathy and isolation. I wanted the notions of good and evil to lose all meaning, but still have a film rich in a kind of pathos." Jang's 1994 film TO YOU FROM ME was also based on a novel by Jang Jung Il. A retrospective of Jang's films was shown at the 1997 Rotterdam Film Festival. LIES was shown at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival and was in competition for the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. The film marked the feature-film debuts of Lee Sang Hyun and Kim Tae Yeon. Lee, who plays a sculptor, actually is a sculptor. Jang Jung Il, author of the novel the film was based on, was sentenced to six months in prison because TELL ME A LIE was considered pornography, which is against the law in Korea. He served two months. Nearly 10,000 copies of his novel were destroyed by the government. Jang was the first Korean writer to be so convicted. If the film was also judged to be pornographic, producer Shin Chul promised the director that he would take full responsibility and go to jail if necessary.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry to bother you but when i click to see it, i can only see 5min on veoh is there a way to see the rest of the movie without downloading it?

Monday, April 23, 2007 8:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can watch on

Monday, February 02, 2009 6:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where can i watch this the vid is not available...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 1:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Han said...

I like the vibes between the two leads, not just because of sex, but the feeling of two lonely people finding comfort in each other.

Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:58:00 PM  

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