the prolific and formidable Korean filmmaker HONG SANG-SOO

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Nick Pinkerton on two of his latest releases (I saw The Day After last weekend at NYFF, thought it was one of his weaker efforts):

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:13 (four years ago) link

The Day After was mostly just really, really sad for me. I thought it was a bit like when a party rapper begins rapping about rehab. All the drinking and the flirting has been fun for, like, ten films in a row, and all of a sudden people are crying and breaking down, and it's not fun at all. I did like it, but I really want to see the other three he has made over the last year or so.

Frederik B, Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:02 (four years ago) link

Really like to see something by him.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:22 (four years ago) link

right now, wrong then is quite good and nimbly dodges all the usual pitfalls of its parallel-story hook

adam, Friday, 13 October 2017 13:51 (four years ago) link

Caught TDA at TIFF, my first that I recall - it was nice enough but I get the impression it was not the most natural place to drop into his stuff

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 13 October 2017 13:53 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

I adored Claire's Camera: 69 minutes of the quietest wit that blooms into an unexpected emotional climax.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:53 (four years ago) link

I only now figured out that The Day After is named after the nuclear apocalypse movie. Aptly named, at that.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:05 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

nice surprise to see there's a one off ldn screening of Claire's Camera next monday

devvvine, Friday, 20 July 2018 16:15 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

loved Claire's Camera, curious which pre Right Now, Wrong Then films people would recommend?

devvvine, Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:17 (three years ago) link

Claire’s camera was great

jeremy cmbyn (wins), Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:19 (three years ago) link

Film of the year imo

Check out In Another Country.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:34 (three years ago) link

I will if I can!

jeremy cmbyn (wins), Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:37 (three years ago) link

xp thanks! probs mine as well, a shame it doesn't seem to be getting a release over here

devvvine, Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:39 (three years ago) link

nice runtime

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Saturday, 18 August 2018 18:01 (three years ago) link


I was talking about it with a bartender & he was like “does that even qualify as a film?”

jeremy cmbyn (wins), Saturday, 18 August 2018 18:04 (three years ago) link

The run time is a factor.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 August 2018 18:27 (three years ago) link

Still haven't had a chance to see Claire's Camera, or The Day After.

of the pre-RNWT films I really enjoyed Woman on the Beach

Dan S, Saturday, 18 August 2018 19:31 (three years ago) link

I think of what I've seen Right Now Wrong Then is my favorite though

Dan S, Sunday, 19 August 2018 00:13 (three years ago) link

thanks for the rec Dan, will check it out. really loved In Another Country, never enough talk about how good Huppert is at doing natural goofiness.

devvvine, Monday, 20 August 2018 21:02 (three years ago) link

some of the best are hard to see i think

Tale of Cinema
Woman on the Beach
Hill of Freedom
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Woman Is the Future of Man

and a very good 3-minute film called Lost in the Mountains. I am in full support of films of varying lengths.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:13 (three years ago) link

sorry, that's a 31-minute film

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:15 (three years ago) link

thanks Morbs, will do some scouring

devvvine, Monday, 20 August 2018 21:17 (three years ago) link

Doesn't the MPAA (for what that's worth) define 40 minutes as the minimum runtime for a feature?

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Monday, 20 August 2018 23:05 (three years ago) link

watched On the Beach at Night Alone for a second time today, it really is pretty great. Min-hee Kim keeps getting better with each performance

Dan S, Friday, 31 August 2018 00:30 (three years ago) link

the mysterious guy asking her for the time, carrying her off the beach, washing the windows, and always seen from a distance…I liked that he was a surreal element representing a potential fulfillment of her unconscious desire

Dan S, Friday, 31 August 2018 01:30 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

in case it's of interest to anyone, london korean film fest are screening The Power of Kangwon Province & Hotel By The River one evening next month

devvvine, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:25 (three years ago) link

Hotel By The River is a change of pace from the "middle-aged horndog wiped on soju" template; I liked it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:14 (three years ago) link

This site is surveying all of Hong's films:

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 October 2018 19:34 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

also enjoyed Hotel by the River, saw a lot of talk about it being sombre so was glad how funny it was (the wood chopping!). interesting to watch it directly after seeing, and loving, The Power of Kangwon Province, which looked beautiful on 35mm; put me in mind of Nick Pinkerton's line about it being 'a cinema of diminished expectations'.

devvvine, Friday, 9 November 2018 09:25 (three years ago) link

haven't seen Grass but i think this might have the first vape in a Hong film

devvvine, Friday, 9 November 2018 09:31 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Hotel by the River opens in NY today

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 February 2019 21:04 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

I just saw Claire’s Camera, wasn't expecting an Instax camera. Kim Min-hee makes me fall in love with her no matter what role she’s in. I really liked this film

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 01:06 (three years ago) link

best film of 2018, roll on the poll

devvvine, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:11 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

another lkff double bill in london on nov 5th - the day the pig fell into the well and grass

devvvine, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:16 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

alas Simon A finds it 'punishing'

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 5 June 2020 15:07 (one year ago) link

Check out the disc for Grass if you can, the movie itself is not as good as some of the other recent ones, but it has a 2011 short called List that's phenomenal

flappy bird, Friday, 5 June 2020 17:08 (one year ago) link

I liked Yourself and Yours more than the newer black and white ones. it's definitely his most accessible 'comedy' of the last 5 years, maybe not his best. and I'd say Hotel by the River is the best of the recent run by some distance. he doesn't make many movies that are a good way in, and "you've got to watch 5 or 10 or 15 of them to really get it" is a tough sell. but Yourself and Yours is far from punishing, I'd say it'd win him some curious fans.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 05:55 (one year ago) link

meant to say Hotel by the River is the most accessible drama of the recent run, but it's up there with RNWT.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 05:56 (one year ago) link

Looks like Woman on the Beach is getting re-released in "virtual cinemas" next Friday. Maybe a new disc on the way? I was able to snag a library copy off eBay, it's one of his best, glad it'll be widely available soon.

flappy bird, Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:18 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

these films make me think of lydia davis more than anything else

plax (ico), Friday, 6 August 2021 05:48 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

I cried watching The Woman Who Ran.

He's got another out now.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:37 (one week ago) link

Apparently I just missed my chance to see it at MSPIFF. I regretfully hadn't paid attention this year, which is clearly as much the year of Hong Sangsoo as last year was the year of Ryusuke Hamaguchi.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:46 (one week ago) link

Clarification: Missed my chance to see the newer one, In Front of Your Face.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:47 (one week ago) link

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