Hong's gaze is unrelenting, yet ultimately sympathetic. To fail is human, especially under the influence of heavy drinking. The use of zoom to scrutinize is prominent here. "Things repeat themselves with differences I can't understand" may be the most poignant assessment of confused early adulthood I've seen in Hong's oeuvre. The brief scene of Jingu and Oki in Song's classroom is utterly transcendent. Lovely.
College. Film students. Film professors. Drinking. Bars. Late night meals. Hiking. Love. Kissing. Sex. Irrational behavior. Dating. Relationships. Figuring out life. Constant repetition. Failing. Failing a lot. Hong Sang Soo is the quintessential film maker for people in their 20s, especially me.
a newfound balance between emotional impact and labyrinthine structure. I think it is his masterpiece, even if an understated one. obviously he is still telling the same fucking story but so what!? Didn't Cezanne always paint the Sainte Victoire? Oh, and the last sentence by the voice over of the last film segment is an amazing coup de theatre!