Samaritan Girl

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Samaritan Girl
Samaritan Girl poster.jpg
Revised RomanizationSamaria
Directed byKim Ki-duk
Produced byKim Ki-duk
Bae Jeong-min
Written byKim Ki-duk
StarringKwak Ji-min
Seo Min-jeong
Lee Eol
Music byPark Ji-woong
CinematographySeon Sang-jae
Edited byKim Ki-duk
Distributed byCineclick Asia
Tartan Video USA
Release date
  • March 5, 2004 (2004-03-05)
Running time
97 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$328,161[1]

Samaritan Girl (Korean사마리아; RRSamaria) is a 2004 South Korean film written and directed by Kim Ki-duk.[2]


Yeo-jin and Jae-yeong are two teenage girls who are trying to earn money for a trip to Europe. To reach this end, Jae-yeong is prostituting herself while Yeo-jin acts as her pimp, setting her up with the clients and staying on guard for the police. Things take a turn for the worse when Yeo-jin gets distracted from her duty and the police raid the motel where Jae-yeong is meeting with a client. To avoid getting caught, Jae-yeong jumps out of a window, fatally injuring herself.

After Jae-yeong's death, Yeo-jin blames herself and to ease her own conscience, sets to return all of the money they earned to the clients while sleeping with them herself. Eventually Yeo-jin's father, a policeman, is devastated when he discovers what she is doing. He starts following her discreetly and confronts her clients with increasingly violent results. Finally, he ends up brutally killing a client.

For the rest of its duration, the movie follows the father and daughter on a short trip to the countryside, where they both sense something is wrong with the other, but are unable to confront each other directly. In the end, the law catches up with the father, who hopes to have done enough to prepare Yeo-jin for her life without him.



As with other films by Kim Ki-duk, Samaritan Girl was not a box office success in its home country, but was better received overseas. After it won the Silver Bear, the second place award at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, it became a sought-after film for other international film festivals.[3]


  1. ^ "Samaria". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ "Poster for New Kim Gi-duk Film to Provoke Controversy". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  3. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "Samaritan Girl". Retrieved 2013-09-09.

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