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340 Ratings

Woman on the Beach

Haebyonui yoin

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2006
Romance, Comedy, Drama


Film director Kim Jung-rae asks his friend Won Chang-wook to drive with him from Seoul to the resort town of Shinduri. Chang-wook initially resists, but accepts the request on the condition that he can bring Kim Mun-suk, a composer and aspiring singer whom he describes as being his girlfriend.

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Woman on the Beach Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Critics reviews

Watch and listen closely and you’ll recognize Hong’s own hangups—about petty one-upmanship, sexual inadequacy, the particular cruelty of abandoning a dog on the side of the road—as your own. His films hold a mirror to the parts of you you’d rather not see. You can hardly look away, nor can you stop laughing. Still, there is real joy in these films.
June 08, 2016
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If it has long been fashionable for filmmakers to create situations that have within them the possibility to be read very differently as formal device or narrative trick… Woman on the Beach seems all the more disquieting because it possesses the ambiguous in the image and not only between the images. This is properly character-based cinema, and sometimes a deceptively simple way to create astonishing complexity in film.
April 29, 2013
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