Breath is a series of random situations from start to finish. Like other movies, Breath is full of metaphors. And most importantly, according to Kim, Breath will be similar to the masterpiece 3-Iron three years ago in that there is extremely little dialogue throughout the course of the film's story.
The film revolves around the love story between a woman whose husband is having an affair and a death row inmate who has lost his voice due to several failed suicide attempts. It is thanks to the relationship with this death row inmate that the woman's heartbreak from her husband's adultery is healed. Although the two characters are different in status, they share the same pain of love and betrayal. And despite placing that relationship within the four walls of a cramped prison, Kim still knows how to creatively break those constraints. This is most evident in the detail of the woman trying to depict the change of the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter on the four walls of the prison.
Participating in the film, notably, has Taiwanese actor Cheung Chan as the death row inmate. The female lead of Breath is for Park Ji-Ah, who starred in Kim's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring four years ago. Actor Ha Jung-Woo, who starred in Kim's previous film Time, also joined Breath as the husband. Most especially, Kim Ki-Duk himself will also play a small role in Breath . It's the role of a warden who witnesses this strange relationship every day. This is only the second time Kim Ki-Duk has stood in front of the camera. The first time was 20 minutes in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring in 2003.
Kim Ki-Duk - prison warden/security manager Lim Hyung-Guk - Seong-Joon Kim Eun-Seo - Hee Oh Soon-Tae - prisoner So Jae-Ick - prison officer visiting office Lee Joo-Suk - prisoner
2008 (23rd) Mar del Plata Film Festival - November 6th-16th - Closing Film