Rather than tie up the monthly "watched" thread with one movie, I'll continue the discussion here. Ok; I've watched the movie twice in the past two nights. I found it refreshingly unique and original but ultimately unsatisfying. There were individual scenes of pure brilliance and "can't look away," but to me the whole experience was less than the sum of these individual parts. I'll discuss these scenes in a bit. The reason I wanted to watch it again, after reading some other comments, is that I did not make some of the same conclusions or connections, and I wanted to see if I overlooked something (whether obvious or not). I don't think it is a movie with a straight linear interpretation that leads itself to "aha, I put together all the clues and now I've solved the riddle!" But that's not always necessary for me to enjoy a film. The movie is largely of an indictment of Korean attitudes toward unwed pregnancy and adoptive kids. These still carry a large stigma in Korea. My wife has mentioned on several occassions over the years about this. For example, many parents of her generation won't let their kids play with kids who are adopted or orphaned. Like it's contagious or something; or that those kids are "messed up" or are "troublemakers." I'm not talking about mix-race kids (which is another subject with its own set of issues), but just regular Korean kids who aren't being raised in a "traditional" family, or who can't trace their lineage. My wife, even, can't comprehend that parents could love an adopted child the same as a "real" child. She's not being mean about it, it just doesn't register. A biological child is a real child and an adopted child is like a pet or something that one might care for very much, but just not the same. So it's no wonder the fellow in the movie is so conflicted. He knows that Korean society sees him as a "problem," not to solve but to hide. My rating? First view 2.5. Improved upon second watch to 3.0. Sometimes a "3" rating means "mediocre" or blah. Not here. This movie is not blah. In this case it's the midway between pendulum swings. As I mentioned, some individual scenes are genius, but the rest didn't tie it together for me. I got distinct Lynchian vibes through a lot of the film (I a big fan of Lynch, from what I've seen of his), and at times distinct Ki-duk Kim vibes (a director I pretty much can't stand). So there's that swinging pendulum again. Specific disussion to follow.