Time (2006 film)

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Time film poster
Revised Romanization Sigan
McCune–Reischauer Sigan
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Ha Jung-woo
Sung Hyun-ah
Distributed by Happinet Pictures Korea
Release date
  • June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Japan
South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$1 million
Box office US$161,538[1]

Time is the thirteenth feature film by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk. It premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on June 30, 2006.


Seh-hee and Ji-woo (Ha Jung-woo) are a young couple two years into their relationship. Though he never acts on his impulses, Ji-woo has something of a roving eye and Seh-hee is intensely jealous and fearful that Ji-woo will soon lose interest and leave her. Believing that Ji-woo is bored with seeing the same, boring her all the time, Seh-hee takes drastic action, leaving him without warning and having drastic cosmetic surgery, taking on a new face, which she hopes to use to snare him again, under an assumed identity, once she has healed. But when Ji-woo shows interest in this new and "improved" Seh-hee (Sung Hyun-ah), it triggers only more self-doubt and loathing.[2] After all, he may love the 'new' girl, but does this mean that he has rejected the old? Seh-hee is utterly trapped in her own insecurities, a situation that prompts Ji-woo to take drastic action of his own.


Filming locations include Baemikkumi Sculpture Park in South Korea.[3][4]


Of 33 critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes, 79% positively reviewed Time, with the critics' consensus being: "A tale of love and plastic surgery, Kim Ki-Duk's haunting film is both wryly comic and disturbing."[5] The film holds a 73/100 on Metacritic.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20060228
  2. ^ Joo, Jung-wan (29 August 2006). "On celluloid, plastic is murder". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Biking Korea's "Three Brother Islands"- Shindo, Sido and Modo". seoulmateskorea.com. seoulmateskorea. September 29, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Modo Island, a sexy island of sculptures". smart.incheon.go.kr. Inchenews. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Shi gan (Time) (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Time Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 

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