Part of the Korean Cinema Now (And Then) Series
Woman on the Beach
(2006) Directed by Hong Sang-soo
In his latest feature, Hong Sang-soo once again turns his crystalline, minimalist gaze to the tenuous relations between men and women. Hoping to cure his writer's block, successful film director Joong-rae travels to a deserted seaside resort for a little peace and tranquility, but instead turns to conquering the hearts of two women, one his production designer's girlfriend. But while at first it appears that the cocky Joong-rae approaches his romantic adventures as little more than fodder for his script (itself about the tenuous relations between the sexes), nothing is quite as it seems in this keenly-nuanced film. The balance of power shifts, and then shifts again in long, deceptively nonchalant conversations along the beach, where the shuttered fronts of empty condos and a wintry off-season light evoke the precariousness of the lovers' emotional terrain.
Producer: Oh Jung-wan. Cinematographer: Kim Hyung-ku.
Cast: Kim Seung-woo, Kim Tae-woo, Ko Hyeon-jeong.
Presented in Korean dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 128 min.
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