"The Empty House" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

To understand the philosophical implications of the film, it is necessary to move away from the Western perception of the world and feel the Korean national vision of the world. It is necessary to renounce the publicity by showing off the world, from the phrase: I have looked the film, did not understand anything, but I consider it my duty to declare that it is art house. We must abandon Western individualism and Russian collectivism, it is necessary to accept and feel that being alone at home, we are surrounded by countless world of living creatures, spirits, demons, which are also equally live in this physical world, as we do, just walk, and eat engaged in their own development and self-degradation. This is not a primitive Western horror movies, when there is a battle for your home with the other evil spirits, this is real life, in which we can see spirits, and they are us. And that's our problem, not the problem of spirits, that we do not see them, they have a vision that's all right. Pananimizm, pandemonizm, and more complicated bizarre mix of shamanism and the idea of ​​retribution later Buddhism and Christianity. The problem is that Koreans themselves have moved away from this attitude. They stopped to see spirits and shamans became only predictors. The world has become an empty house, a world filled with everyday cruelty, people no longer work with his hands, to spiritualize things mechanical world and cast out the spirits doomed to live in the empty loneliness and violence, suggestion of superiority - the only way of human existence in this world. People themselves have become a lonely empty house, cruel and pathetic. A departure from the tradition of the life of the ancestors - one of the terrible accusations of the eastern man. This is what the movie Kim Ki-duk.
Two heroes are able to see the spirits, to see what all the others, including the off-screen viewer, consider illusory. This is not a perfume, it is ordinary people who live as ancestors lived. Tae-suk - graduated from college, Sun-Hwa - poor girl, was married to the wealthy. But time has changed for them, Sun-Hwa forgot themselves, suffers from hopelessness marriage (forget the ridiculous jokes from beyond the Western world: the one to blame, frozen, or run to their parents), the violence of her husband; Tae-suk, by contrast, is engaged in healing, it heals time returns it back. He comes into the unhappy home (for a total 7 houses, and only one of them will be happy), and revitalizes the spirits. He hands manual labor revives the spirit world: the broken things a mess in the house, nepolitye plants - evidence that the house was abandoned, that in this house lived the spirits, the house is empty and dead, as well as its inhabitants. Tae-suk - man, but he is the spirit of equal rights and behaves like a spirit, because between spirits and humans there is no significant difference. Permanent motive - is to view the photos of the nominal owners of apartments and selfie on the background of the photo or the interior. Tae-suk becomes as equal resident alien deserted houses, and the houses will now be alive.
Tae-Suk was making a mistake in the course of the film it twice, wondering and receding, but still violates the principle of non-east. The first - it takes away with another man's wife, to do violence to her husband, for the second time as a caring son burying someone else's father. He was the first to use violence, and violence returned to him. Golf (and the Chinese still believe that it is they who taught medieval Scots this game), rather Iron №3, putter, the most lethal of the irons, = is an allegory of violence. Recall the first shots of the film. Recall, to protect against the spirits of the heroes of the film are arming irons. Tae-suk took the path of violence, he has known violence, intervening in the fate of someone else's house, and intoxicated them bewitched them, the bedrock of the modern world. And be it in the future a cruel demon, like most Korean spirits, if not Sun-Hwa. This girl - the personification of love, and teach it to love of the hero, as he teaches her to revive the spirit world. That's why she gets in the way of frightening people swing irons, and when moving away, the idea of ​​retribution violence bursts into life: Tae-suk becomes a murderer and begins a new path, a path of retribution. It's not exactly a Christian or a Buddhist interpretation: violence is acceptable in this world, but it has to be inextricably linked with the idea of ​​the mirror of retribution. Here was a very interesting symbolic version of what a golf ball = it myself Tae-suk, a thread - Sung-Hwa. Kim Ki-duk, in my view, quite clear and allegorical to go into abstruse and false symbolic interpretation, or balls always have been four, but with a policeman he crushes five strokes. All characters are mirror retribution, and Tae-suk is no exception.
As ancient ancestors, the hero goes initiation path, shamanic rituals, he does not just see people devastated invisible objects, he learns to see through 360 degrees. And at the end of the three stages of initiation (the Korean shaman, able to become a spirit, must pass three such rites) Tae-suk can enter the world of spirits, hidden for the people, moreover, it can become an instrument of retribution itself invisible. So he punishes guard and assert its importance by the police. He visits the house, which he animates and people feel it. Some, like a boxer, photographer, Sung-Hwa husband, frightened, others are wondering how in the house of love, where it goes to rest weary Sung-Hwa, but in any case, it means that the house is alive, and its inhabitants can become like their ancestors, whom forgotten, like the old man, abandoned children die from cancer. And now, Tae-suk can only see his back, and the scale on which stood the two heroes show 0, although in the form of broken they add another 50 pounds. It is an allegory: the characters have become spirits, but they are physically real, there are on a par with us invisible beings. And the question is: Do the Song-hwa will stay with her husband or not? - sounded again in Western individualistic, the house is now restored with love and peace, and the eyes of the husband and wife's happiness in the world, and live in the house spirits - not whether it makes sense in this life?

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