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
I really liked this movie; if this is WEAK Hong, then boy does he have some good movies. While I don't know if I think it was as good as either Virgin or Woman on the Beach, I still must say that not giving this movie five stars would be an injustice (in my eyes). It was truly a wonderful film that seemed to show man's inability to understand everything surrounding woman. Or something like that. Savvy
Whereby Woman on the Beach utilized the offscreen expanse of the ocean as a steam valve, this one corners and traps you into ever more tight and claustrophobic spaces with no release. The settings… read review