The relationship between Minjung and painter Young-soo is on the rocks because gossip about her spending nights completely drunk with other men. Her emotional and romantic boyfriend thinks he knows his girl, does not want to believe the chatter, but breaks down after an argument and leaves. Lovesick, he then tries to seek her out all over the city to amend his mistake (the city in Hong’s film is actually only a few blocks). Meanwhile, she – but is it really her? – meets other men, who claim to know her really well, though they may be mistaken. A doppelganger? Who is this girl? It is difficult to avoid falling into Hong’s grotesque trap. As usual, the director multiplies double identities, intensifying the emotional obsession and insecurity. His characters are unpredictable, not so much as a result of their psyche, but rather the intellectual game the director is playing with the audience. He successfully, paints a mosaic of human faults and the contradictory impulses driving us.
San Sebastián IFF 2016 - Best Director
Hong Sang-soo was born in 1961. After completing his studies in South Korea, he continued at universities in California and Chicago. He made his first feature film in 1996, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well. Although often compared to the masters of French cinema, he is constantly developing his own style. The most important features of his work include an interest in moral dilemmas facing his characters, mise en abyme, and a subtle sense of humor. He is a favorite at international festivals. He has won numerous awards, including at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Locarno.
2004 Woman Is the Future of Man / Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda
2005 A Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon
2010 Oki / Oki's Movie / Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa
2012 W innym kraju / In Another Country / Da-reun na-ra-e-seo