the prolific and formidable Korean filmmaker HONG SANG-SOO

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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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (one year 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

The National Museum of Asian Art (formerly known as the Freer Gallery) has resumed in-person screenings with its annual Korean Film Festival ( The programming will include In Front of Your Face and Introduction.

Tickets are free but you have to register online. Is anyone else going to any of these screenings?

Infanta Terrible (, Thursday, 9 June 2022 14:21 (two months ago) link

I dunno...I'm beginning to think quantity has begun to outweigh quality.

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 12 June 2022 22:14 (two months ago) link

Bunch of stuff on MUBI USA, some leaving soon.

The Crazy World of Encyclopedia Brown (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2022 23:19 (two months ago) link

don't know which are leaving, but think Right Now, Wrong Then and On the Beach At Night Alone are both great

Dan S, Sunday, 12 June 2022 23:44 (two months ago) link

Hills of Freedom leaving tomorrow, Woman on the Beach leaving later in the week.

The Crazy World of Encyclopedia Brown (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2022 23:52 (two months ago) link

FInished WotB. Still processing but was intrigued. Wonder which one I will watch next. Wonder if Morbius wrote anything long form about it.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2022 17:05 (one month ago) link

I’ve got my eye on The Woman Who Ran.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2022 17:50 (one month ago) link

Well, you know what I think.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 June 2022 17:53 (one month ago) link

actually, see them all

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 June 2022 17:53 (one month ago) link

they are all interesting

you should watch The Day He Arrives (2011) and Right Now, Wrong Then (2015)

in retrospect On the Beach Alone at Night (2017) is still stuck in my mind, it was surreal in a way that was different for him

Dan S, Saturday, 25 June 2022 01:01 (one month ago) link

(On the Beach At Night Alone)

Dan S, Saturday, 25 June 2022 01:05 (one month ago) link

I think there is a film that he wrote and directed in which a woman says that she has had an abortion X times for the male protagonist. Why does the expression of affection (platonic or not) among Koreans seem so unnatural to me (horrible awful stereotype) and why is this comment made so casually in this film (as an indication of what)?

youn, Monday, 27 June 2022 21:30 (one month ago) link

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