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Hong Sang-soo

“When I finish a film, I feel like I have overcome a certain hurdle. It's really good for me as a human being, and I hope that for some people, my films will do the same thing.”

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    THE WOMAN WHO RAN

    Hong Sang-soo South Korea, 2020

    Rightly named one of 2020’s best films, The Woman Who Ran finds the delightfully prolific Hong Sang-soo at his most bare and gentle. Kim Min-hee’s luminous presence fills the screen in this disarming minimalist gem, where wisdom emanates from small talk and men don’t seem to fit in a feminine world.

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    WOMAN ON THE BEACH

    Hong Sang-soo South Korea, 2006

    Presented in a new restoration, Woman on the Beach opened Hong Sang-soo’s world to female characters, prefiguring his collaborations with Kim Min-hee. Subtly comedic and profoundly revealing about relationships between the genders, the film also pokes fun at the self-important artist at its center.

    HILL OF FREEDOM

    Hong Sang-soo South Korea, 2014

    Relying not only on soju to complicate rifts between romantic interests, this tender comedy from Hong Sang-soo is the director’s most daringly constructed. Led by Japanese star Ryo Kase (Silence), Hill of Freedom is a multilingual and wonderfully jumbled story that is delightfully surprising.

    THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE

    Hong Sang-soo South Korea, 1998

    Hong Sang-soo’s second feature, this time working from his own script, sees a leap towards a signature style. No zooms just yet—but plenty of soju—in a film of playful repetitions and savvy symmetries, whose long takes and structural innovations underpin twin perspectives on a single set of events.

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