Sang-soo Hong

  • Sang-soo Hong – Kangwon-do ui him AKA The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)

    Sang-soo Hong1991-2000ArthouseDramaSouth Korea
    Kangwon do ui him (1998)
    Kangwon do ui him (1998)

    The Power of Kangwon Province traces, one after the other, the trajectories of a man and a woman traveling separately through the mountainous eastern province of South Korea known as Kangwon. Both have left Seoul for the weekend to get some perspective on their lives and to assuage a common sense of loss and loneliness. As they wander, the pair just misses crossing paths with each other. Their separate encounters, however, reveal to the spectator links between the two drifting characters. This resonant work firmly announces Hong’s fascination with chance, the tenuousness of connection and the ability of narrative cinema to orchestrate the two. – DP (Harvard Film Archive)Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Uriui Haru AKA In Our Day (2023)

    Sang-soo Hong2021-2030DramaSouth Korea
    Uriui Haru (2023)
    Uriui Haru (2023)

    In Seoul, two alternating conversations: an actress is solicited by an amateur; an old poet hosts a fan. The two stars dodge the existential questions of their guests with food, alcohol, guitar playing and naps, games with a cat and rock, paper, scissors. The actress is thinking of giving up her career; the poet is struggling with alcohol and tobacco withdrawal. With the compact eloquence of a haiku, In Our Day invites us to look at what is most important and what makes each day of our lives matter.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Bam gua nat AKA Night and Day (2008)

    Sang-soo Hong2001-2010ArthouseDramaSouth Korea

    Quote:
    ‘We can’t easily tell night from day during the summers here,” observes one character early on in Hong Sang-soo’s Paris-set Night and Day—a nearly throwaway line that circumscribes the sense of physical and spiritual dislocation felt by the film’s protagonist. Like most of the director’s leading men, Kim Sung-nam (Kim Yeong-ho) is a hangdog, self-absorbed, soju-guzzling Hong alter ego—a fortyish Korean artist who flees to the City of Lights after an episode of recreational drug use leads him to believe he is under police investigation. There, he rents a room in a crowded boarding house and resolves to lay low until he can safely return home to his wife, Sung-in (Hwang Su-jeong), or else find a way to bring her to France. But resolutions aside, it isn’t long before Sung-nam finds himself navigating Hong’s trademark gauntlet of awkward seductions, casual betrayals, and ghosts of girlfriends past.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Tab AKA Walk Up (2022)

    2021-2030DramaSang-soo HongSouth Korea

    Byungsoo, a film director who goes with his daughter Jeongsu an aspiring interior designer, to a building owned by an old friend already established in the design field. She gives them a tour of the property, which includes a restaurant and cooking studio on the first two floors, her office in the basement, a residence on the third floor, and an artist’s studio at the top. The three of them chat and drink amicably until a business call pulls Byungsoo away. When he returns, it’s the same place, but a different time, and the building owner invites him up to the second floor.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa AKA The Novelist’s Film (2022)

    2021-2030DramaSang-soo HongSouth Korea

    Synopsis:
    A female novelist takes a long trip to visit a bookstore run by a younger colleague who has fallen out of touch. Then she goes up a tower on her own and runs into a film director and his wife. They take a walk in a park and meet an actress, after which the novelist tries to convince the actress to make a film with her. She and the actress get something to eat, then revisit the bookstore where a group of people are drinking. The actress gets drunk and falls asleep.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Cheopcheopsanjung AKA Lost in the Mountains (2009)

    2001-2010DramaSang-soo HongShort FilmSouth Korea

    On impulse, a young woman drives from Seoul to see her best friend, but also meets up with her older professor, and then a former lover. Drinks ensue, and surprises are revealed for all four characters. Hong packs a lot into a 31 minute film.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda AKA Woman is the Future of Man (2004) (HD)

    2001-2010ArthouseDramaSang-soo HongSouth Korea

    The first snow has fallen over Seoul. Munho, a young art professor, is catching up with his friend Hunjoon, a broke filmmaker who has just returned from the United States. After a few drinks, they decided to track down Sunhwa, a young girl they were both in love with a few years earlier.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Dangsin-eolgul-apeseo AKA In Front of Your Face (2021) (HD)

    Sang-soo Hong2021-2030DramaSouth Korea

    Quote:
    She manages her daily life with a sense of mindfulness while keeping a grave secret to herself, and she decides to meet with a younger director who asked her to join his project, and after they meet there is sudden rainfall and thunder.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Hong – Dangsin-eolgul-apeseo AKA In Front of Your Face (2021)

    Sang-soo Hong2021-2030DramaSouth Korea

    After years of living abroad, a middle-aged former actress (Lee Hye-young) has returned to South Korea to reconnect with her past and perhaps make amends. Over the course of one day in Seoul, via various encounters—including with her younger sister; a shopkeeper who lives in her converted childhood home; and, finally, a well-known film director with whom she would like to make a comeback—we discover her resentments and regrets, her financial difficulties, and the big secret that’s keeping her aloof from the world. Both beguiling and oddly cleansing in its mix of the spiritual and the cynical, In Front of Your Face finds the endlessly prolific Hong Sang-soo in a particularly contemplative mood; it’s a film that somehow finds that life is at once full of grace and a sick joke.Read More »

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