BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE
Just a bit of peace and quiet: that's all Yoon-ju wants. But peace and quiet aren't easy to find in this giant block of apartments, in which hundreds of people scurry about, making lots of noise in the process. A four-legged resident is one that is getting on the nerves of the unemployed professor the most. It shouldn't take much to solve a little problem like this one, he thinks. So he kidnaps the dog, intending to get it to stop barking once and for all. This is just the start of a crazy odyssey full of strange characters who lead Yoon-ju through the underbelly of a modern city in which neither man nor beast is spared.
Meet the director
Bong Joon Ho
Born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969, Bong Joon Ho studied psychology at Yonsei University in Seoul before completing a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first feature film, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, about a university lecturer who kidnaps undesirable dogs, was critically acclaimed and shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2001. His breakthrough came with his second film, MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003), about a real series of murders. The satirical monster movie THE HOST (2006) and the science-fiction film SNOWPIERCER (2013) with its international cast drew more than nine million moviegoers each in South Korea, placing them both among the 20 most successful films of all time in that country. Bong's latest film, PARASITE (2019), which is showing this year in the CineMasters section at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, was awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.