R (Moon Sung-keun) returns from studying in France and reunites with J (Kang Soo-yeon), whom he used to live with in Paris. For some reason, however, J refuses to have sex with R. Angered by her refusal, R travels to his hometown of Daegu. He sees his wife (Kim Bo-yeon) and children for the first time in years, but not only is he less than thrilled to be with them but he actually finds himself despising them. R’s head is filled with thoughts of having sex with J. He sees J every time he comes to Seoul on business, but she keeps resisting his demand for sex on the unconvincing pretext that they are not in France, and he begins to grow tired. R feels betrayed when he finds out that J is rejecting him because she plans to marry another man, even though she received her Ph.D. in France for a dissertation that he wrote for her and even debuted as a literary critic in Korea with a piece that he composed. Reproaching J yet unable to leave her, R informs his wife of his intention to get a divorce and proposes to J that they leave Korea together. However, R is once again betrayed by J. —Korean Film Archive
Jang Sun-woo (born 20 March 1952) is a South Korean film director. Before his directorial debut, Jang made a name for himself by writing film criticism and scripts.
Jang Sun-woo is undoubtedly one of the most relevant and distinctive voices in contemporary Korean cinema. Since his debut feature, Seoul Jesus (1986), co-directed with Wan Son-u, his works have always displayed an incessant need to find and explore new resources in the language of cinema, and have often questioned audiences about controversial issues in Korean society. In the early 90s his films began to acquire international recognition, thus contributing to the detection of the first signs of a renewal in Korean cinema. In 1994, Hwaomkyung was awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival; in 1996, the International Film Festival Rotterdam chose Jang as one of its Filmmakers in Focus.
A couple of his subsequent features, Timeless, Bottomless, Bad Movie (1998) and Lies (1999) stirred… read more
It's amazing how place can affect people. Even how it can affect your relationships with others. Sometimes the chemistry between two people is a product of time and place. I've actually learnt a lot about Korea after watching this film. A lot of themes Hong Sang Soo has used many times since, but still a totally different kind of cinema. Phenomenal cinematography and use of sound.
Pretty remarkable how much mileage Hong Sang-soo got out of Road to the Racetrack. <',))(