Release Date: October 6th, 2006 (Village East Cinemas) by One-Third Productions.
The Cast: Diana Gitelman, Ivo Velon, Nick Raio, Eric Richardson, Michael J. Burg, Clay Drinko, Greg D'Agostino, Cary Evans, Richard Kohn, Kyle Wood.
Directed by Yongman Kim.
BASIC PREMISE: Chris (Velon), a Buddhist monk, and Lotusia (Gitelman), a teenager hooker, spy on each other through a peephole in their adjacent apartments in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Loosely based on Dante’s Inferno and without any dialogue, 1/3 feels very bizarre, but in a pretentious way. Chris, a Buddhist monk, has nothing better to do than to peep into his neighbor’s apartment through a small hole in his wall and watch her turning tricks, getting abused and turning more tricks. Not surprisingly, she had a rough childhood—shown in black-and-white flashbacks with barely audible dialogue. The plot doesn’t get much more imaginative than that, besides a murder that takes place in the hooker’s apartment. There's too little information about the monk. Why does writer/director Yongman Kim make this a dialogue-free movie? His decision feels more of a cop-out than anything else, but, either way, it just makes this a more difficult and frustrating film to sit through. It's as if he wanted to do something different just for the sake of being different. On a positive note Kim has decent cinematography skills and includes a very well-chosen musical score and sound effects. But those qualities aren’t nearly enough to keep you truly engaged.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: No dialogue and an unimaginative plot.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Excellent sound and cinematography, but the weak plot and, especially, the lack of dialogue to engage.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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