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Controversial filmmaker Kim Ki Duk’s latest offering takes us into somewhat unexpected territory: the Koreas. In The Net, a poor North Korean fisherman finds his tranquil life completely disrupted when his net latches onto the propeller of his boat, drifting him into South Korean waters where he is mistaken for a spy. The consequences and paradoxes of this unhappy accident are too real to dismiss. As always, Kim Ki Duk is all too comfortable with uncomfortable scenarios, and while bodily amputations are less dominant than in previous films, the feeling of social and political dismemberment is just as cringe-inducing.