Neither rich nor famous, Ku Kyung-nam has a reputation of being a director of films. While he is a member of the jury of a festival in a small town, he comes face to face with one of his old friends, Bu. After a few drinks, Ku drives Bu home where he meets Bu’s wife, who claims to know all his films. The next morning after a night of binge drinking, Ku returns to his hotel where he finds Bu’s message asking him to “never come again”. But he has no recollection of the events of the night … —Directors’ Fortnight
A regular on the international festival circuit, Hong Sang-soo is one of Korea’s most highly regarded contemporary directors. His mostly improvised, innovatively constructed films conceal rich layers of meaning beneath deceptively simple surfaces, and reveal a filmmaker with a unique, individual style. A rather notorious figure on the Seoul film scene, Hong has a fondness for alcohol that is almost as legendary as his talent for filmmaking. He’s been known to get familiar with his actors before shooting by taking them on drinking binges, and, for verisimilitude, the many drinking scenes in his films normally include actually drunk performers (who sometimes don’t remember these scenes after they’ve been shot).
Born in 1960, Hong began his film studies at Joongang University in Korea, then moved to the United States, where he received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His debut feature, The Day a… read more
This work is maybe his most light and accessible. it's more directly funny also... At the same time, it's a perfect achievment on the philosophical way taken by HSS, more mastered, less experimental. Maybe his more serene film at this time, with some honest questions on his own cinematographic "method".
Above: Pema Tsedan’s The Search. Now that the red carpets on Leicester Square have furled, the maddening din over square-jawed celebrities
Hong Sang-soo "has brought us eight films which felt more like eight chapters of a long novel on the life of this tremendously fascinating
Hong Sang-soo’s new film is not what I expected at all. His last three (Tale of Cinema, Woman on the Beach, and Night and Day) all seemed
Like You Know It All is the last Hong Sang-soo film I have on DVD and during the credits, I felt an unusual degree of sadness. My journey with Hong has been thus far exciting, painful, humourous, excruciatingly… read review