Watch Hong Sang-soo's "Lost in the Mountains" (2009)

While a small Hong Sang-soo retrospective continues at the Museum of the Moving Image, thoughtful YouTube user BackpackingNepal has uploaded, in three parts, an English-subtitled version of Hong Sang-soo's Lost in the Mountains, the director's short film contribution to the 2009 Jeonju Digital Project omnibus Visitors.

The New Yorker's Richard Brody had this to say about the short:

Even at their most leisurely, the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s films are bitingly precise, and here, under the pressure of a half-hour running time, his images have the intensity of a smack, with a story to match. Hong follows a young struggling writer, who drives from Seoul to the distant city of Jeonju, where her best friend lives—as does her former professor, with whom she had an affair, and a former boyfriend, whose literary career is taking off. In her brief stay, she makes contact with both men, drunkenly embarrasses herself, causes turmoil among everyone she meets, and, along with whatever pleasure she can take, also gets humiliation, betrayal, and self-reproach. A constant theme of this bitter comedy is generational conflict, which bursts through the background of the action; amid jolting frankness regarding sex, money, pride, and status, the real stakes of the intimate life all remain trapped behind blustery, self-abasing gamesmanship. Yet the brief, intense round of frustration and pain is rendered in derisively comic yet poignantly tender strokes; one senses that Hong’s own artistry is fuelled by a life like the ones he depicts.

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