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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...

WOMAN ON THE BEACH

Korea, 2006
A one-night stand between lovers… What's to come of this fleeting romance? From filmmaker Hong Sangsoo (Woman is the Future of Man, Turning Gate, Tale of Cinema), his most accessible film see… More »

NIGHT AND DAY

South Korea, 2008
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 Fes… More »

LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL

South Korea, 2009
“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In a self-reflexive jibe, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (… More »

THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL

South Korea, 1996
Song Sang-Soo's Korean comedy centres around a tangled love quartet comprised of a failed novelist, a water-filter salesman, his wife and a cinema ticket-seller. Eye level direction imparts an unsett… More »

VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS

South Korea, 2000
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 self-… More »

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