Fly Low

It sounds like a good idea for a movie: intercutting two separate stories centered on the same location. In one story, three male youths who’ve escaped from an orphanage hide from the authorities in an abandoned schoolhouse; in the other, three young women who once attended the school make a sentimental journey there. Like many South Korean films, Kim Sion’s 1998 feature is attractively filmed in vibrant colorsa direct or indirect legacy of the Technicolor equipment purchased long ago from this country, the kind that’s no longer used hereand for the most part the two stories unfold in markedly different photographic styles. Unfortunately, neither story is very interesting or compelling apart from its visual treatment, and when one character from each story meets the other at the schoolhouse in a brief epilogue, the effect is mainly gratuitous. (JR)

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