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Hypnotised

Director: Kim In-shik

2004. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 100 min.


Director Kim In-shik’s visually extravagant picture about a shrink obsessed with a borderline-crazy femme fatale is part exercise in style, part art movie and part noir mystery. Ji-su (Kim Hye-su) is a wannabe novelist who has a nervous breakdown and ends up in a mental institution after attempting suicide. In the clinic, she is cared for by Seok-weon (Kim Tae-woo), who quits his job through personal pressure. A year later, Ji-su and Seok-weon meet by chance; she’s still a bit nutty and prone to freaking out, while he now has a private practice and a snazzy modern-minimalist office. As the two spend more time together, she gradually gains strength from their relationship while his own tightly controlled world begins to fall apart as he becomes sexually obsessed with her. Kim Hye-su eats up the screen as the sexy Ji-su.

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