Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine (2000)

Rebuilt robotically for revenge.
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Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine - Rebuilt Robotically for Revenge

From the extended two sets of opening credits at the beginning of Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine (also known as Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine in Daehakroh or more commonly known as Daehakno-yeseo maechoon-hadaka tomaksalhae danghan yeogosaeng ajik Daehakno-ye Issda) it is apparent that this is not going to be a run of the mill South Korean movie. The movie is a bizarre mix of disturbing visuals, contemptible characters, dark humour and a robotic schoolgirl prostitute, all created on a minimal budget with a minimal cast. The movie is short (approximately an hour) and the simplistic revenge plot warrants no more than that. Even within such a short timeframe the plot still needs padding to make it movieworthy but the genius lies in how it is padded, most notably the dancing scene between teacher and student/hooker in the alley which is apparently the first foreplay stage of a "50 Grand Special" (The "50 Grand Special" also involves a hilarious bike ride, intercourse and a pregnancy).

As is culturally common in this genre of movie there is a flippant attitude to taboos such as sex with schoolgirls, incest, rape and murder. This provides an uncomfortable atmosphere to ensure a feeling of guilt for finding the peculiar humour humorous. There are a number of extended talky scenes slightly reminiscent of Tarantino's work which preceded this and it has been suggested that the aforementioned dancing of the hooker and her teacher may give Vincent and Mia some competition in a dance off. These Western inspirations are given the typical Korean makeover by director Gee-woong Nam with some outlandish characters and a number of concepts to push the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in film.

The movie begins with our innocent schoolgirl soliciting business in a dingy alley from a slimy businessman. The capitalist professional decides to accept the other professionals offer of "The Mile" otherwise known as "voluntary date rape" which allows normal everyday people to get rid of their rapey desires without harming anyone!!! Unfortunately for and unbeknownst to our teenage lady of the night, the consensual rape takes place up against the wall of her deformed teacher's grandmother's house. Granny calls upon her beloved grandson, whose face only a grandmother could love, to stop the noise outside and he appears quick fast in the alley to dish out much more than a few hours of detention.

The movie gets a bit bizarre in the centre portion and exhibits a slightly David Lynch style story progression accompanied by some more talky scenes and some low-budget gore enhanced by some crazy lighting techniques and camera angles. The culmination of these events leads to the teacher, having had his wicked way, leaving the disposal of the hooker to his three henchmen and a saw. All is not lost for our beloved hooker as she is rebuilt into a killing machine and put to work for "the man" as a robo-assassin with enough spare time in her hectic schedule for some much needed rest and retribution.

There is a lot of beauty within this movie and a lot had been achieved on what is obviously a low budget. The storyline is sparse but any more would probably not leave space for the peculiar interludes which, although are obviously wadding, make Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine stand out from the rest. It is the non-traditionalities that give this movie its charm and originality, the music chosen for various scenes has been thought through thoroughly and despite often being very inappropriate this seems like a purposeful effort to unsettle the viewer.

Teenage Hooker became a Killing Machine manages to offend the sensibilities while maintaining an almost slapstically comedic undertone. This is definitely a Korean film for the indie fans as it is not the slick, atmospheric, supernatural movies that tend to dominate the horror market in the country and despite the suspected slight Western influences it definitely maintains the Asian feel. The edges are rough but the originality shines through and provides a solid introduction to the work of Gee-woong Nam... also there is cock shooting and a vagina gun...
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