#102 Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) Dir. Bong Joon-ho
I love Bong Joon-ho and with this I’ve now seen all his movies. As far as debut features go this one is about as strong as they come. Right off the bat it establishes Bong’s unique sense of black humour and simple visual style. It’s an irresistible mix of dog-napping, urban legends, psychotic bums, and small time dreamers living in a big world. The characters are so finely drawn and performed too that no matter what questionable deeds they do (kidnapping, torturing and murdering harmless dogs anyone?) you can’t help but stay with them. I love how each of Bong Joon-ho’s movies rest in completely different genres and play by different rules but they are all so clearly the work of the same man. I bet after this movie nobody could predict that Memories of Murder would come next and The Host after that. He’s one of the best there is and Barking Dogs Never Bite just proves he was great from the beginning. A film you will have to work hard at seeking out but you won’t regret it. So great!