Does a Cuckoo Cry At Night? (1982) Groundbreaking Erotica
Korean Tale of Rape, Violence and Human Corruption
Korean title BAEKUGIDO BAME UNEUNGA [Does a Cuckoo Call At Night?]
starring: Jung Yoon-Hee · Lee Dae-kun · Yoon Yang-ha · Bong Choi · Kim
lives with his elderly mother in a remote woodland area. He is a charcoal
maker and sells his ware at the local market. Mom is desperate to see
her son married and often prays for a mate to be sent to them. One day
the old woman come across a young girl alone and lost in the woods. She
believes her prayers have been answered. The child is taken to Dori and
he's told that she'll be a perfect wife for him in a few years. Soo-ni
does indeed mature into a beautiful young woman and becomes Dori's wife.
After mom passes away, Soo-ni and Dori live an idyllic life together in
the wilderness. But soon her blossoming beauty becomes the beacon of lust
for nasty men who want to rape her.
film marks the beginning of a New Wave in Korean cinema. Political unrest
in the early 1980s [especially caused by dire situations like the Gwangju
massacre] was causing a negative affect on the population. The Seoul government
- hoping to repair the social fallout - initiated what became known as
the 'Three S Policy' (Sports, Screen and Sex). New president Chun Doo-hwan
removed the highly restrictive censorship policies and encouraged the
Korean movie studios to "give the people what they wanted."
This began an era of eroticism in Korean cinema that still continues today.
South Korean film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; widescreen
uncut (119 min.);
for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.
Sexual situations/SemiNudity/Violence/Rape/Sexual Brutality
for Adult Audiences