Sex Scenes In Korean Movies

Sunday, July 24 by William Gish

Sex scenes in Korean movies don’t mess around with middle of the road, PG-13 naughtiness – they go straight for the loins with down and dirty lasciviousness Taken from films running the gamut from black comedy to melancholic drama and metaphysical suspense, these sex scenes tap various emotion currents and explore many aspects of the sexual experience. Warning: spoilers.

  1. “Thirst” is an ostensibly serious rumination on the ethical ramifications of a priest becoming a vampire that turns out to be a very sick black comedy. Among the various perversions of this dementedly fun film are a handful of gratuitous sex scenes between the priest and his lascivious lover. One of the most graphic, erotic scenes in the film takes place in the hospital room a man in a coma and is soundtracked by the wheezes and beeps of his monitoring equipment.
  2. “Spider Forest” is a meta mindbender with some wild sex scenes. The film is a sort-of murder mystery about a man who wakes up in the middle of a forest and wanders into a cabin where he finds a hacked-up body and his girlfriend, nude, bleeding to death and muttering about spiders. It only gets weirder from there. Thankfully, director  Song Il-gon gives us a reprieve from the WTF content in the guise of a juicy sex scene. There’s nudity, heaving, humping moaning and more. Get down with it.
  3. “Happy End” is a film with anything but. However, amidst the serious dramatic moments you’ll find impassioned sex scenes. The movie concerns a successful career woman and her destructive lover. “Happy End” starts off with ebullition – there’s graphic sex straight off the bat, all hummanah hummanah in destruco-lover’s apartment. A number of other hump action bits happen throughout, though the content spirals ever darker.
  4. “Sex is Zero” is South Korea’s response to secretion-soaked American comedies like “American Pie,” though pulls a sneaky trick part way through by pausing to examine the long-term effects of such behavior. But before things become stalled in the morass of existentialism, the film throws out lots of boobies and bawdy bumping betwixt beautiful twenty-somethings.
  5. “To You From Me” doesn’t mess around with pretense. It is a self-described erotic drama about a successful writer and a lover he becomes connected to through dreams. The film presents the lustful, romantic and violent aspects of sex side-by-side and has no qualms about the graphic content of the film. Discussing “To You From Me,” director Jang Sun-woo said “I used pornography in this film as a style of expression and as a voice of criticism.” Well now.  
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