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WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN

South Korea, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Regional Focus)

Director: Hong Sang-soo

Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun Namjaeui Miraeda) South Korea

Hong Sang-soo's (Turning Gate, MIFF 2003) latest film arrives direct from its slot in Official Competition at Cannes. Taking its title from a work by French poet Louis Aragon, Woman is the Future of Man is an elegiac snapshot at the friendship of three young people'à la Jules et Jim'forging a path in contemporary urban Seoul.

It's winter and the first snow has fallen in the South Korean capital. Mun-ho, a young plastic-arts university lecturer, meets up with his old friend Hun-joon, a penniless filmmaker recently returned from the USA. Over a meal at a Chinese restaurant they saunter down a memory trail, chatting about old times. When the conversation turns to Seon-hwa, a painter they both knew when they were students, the two men decide to track her down. Hearing that she is running a bar, they set off in search of her'

'The fifth film by Hong Sang-soo seems his most playful, and very close at times to the classic Tales of French auteur Eric Rhomer' [it's] an elegant jeu, played and constructed with an almost Gallic lightness heightened by Jeong Yong-jin's burts of music, all bouncy piano and pizzicato.' -Variety

Please note: contains scenes that may offend some viewers

D/S Hong Sang-soo P Hanna Lee WS MK2 L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2004/87mins

Hong Sang-soo was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1960. Films include: The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (MIFF 1997), Virgin Stripped Bare of Her Bachelors (MIFF 2001).

See also...

TURNING GATE

Out-of-work actor Gyung-soo flees to a popular country town to visit a former schoolmate, now writer, Seong-wu. Soon upon arrival, he has a brief, intense fling with a dance instructor Myung-sook ... More »

VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS

The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and ... More »

OKI'S MOVIE

Sex, lies and filmmaking. ... In Oki's Movie, Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, MIFF 2010; Night and Day, MIFF 2009), presents a love triangle told in four chapters. The woman at the centre of the affair is ... More »

THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Sungjoon, a film director who no longer makes films, goes to Seoul to meet a friend who doesn't show. ... Lonely, he wanders among old haunts and bars. Amid the random circumstance of days spent in ... More »

NOBODY S DAUGHTER HAEWON

"The New Wave is still alive and kicking in Korea … judging by Hong Sang-soo's latest contribution." - Screen Daily ... Many MIFF-goers will be familiar with the work of Hong Sang-soo (most ... More »

NIGHT AND DAY

Korean expats spend lazy days in the city of love, in the latest offering from Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07). ... Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film ... More »

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