Skip to main content

tale of cinema

Korea, 2005 (MIFF 2005, Regional Focus)

Director: Hong Sangsoo

tale of cinema
Hong Sangsoo epitomises a distinctive thread in the current generation of brilliant Korean filmmakers. His [Tale of Cinema] is an intelligent and quietly provocative film, which screened in Official Competition in Cannes, 2005. This is a tale of characters whose lives come together but remain apart, reflecting the points of connection and disconnection that constitute the existence of all of us. The proximity between these characters is created through cinema, which acts as a mirror that reflects life and a looking-glass that enlarges it. [Tale of Cinema] opens with a story of two men and one woman, but like Chinese boxes we are watching a film of a film. A man - an unsuccessful filmmaker, we learn - leaves the cinema only to find that a beautiful young woman captures both his attention and his heart. She is the main actress from the film, which he has just seen... Hong's elliptical and reflexive film puts the connection between art and life under the microscope, and in doing so he delivers some acute observations of human nature.
D Hong Sangsoo P MK2 Jeonwansa S Hyungkoo Kim, Youngrho WS MK2 L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/90mins Hong Sangsoo was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1962. His films include [The Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors] (MIFF 01), [The Turning Gate] (MIFF 03), [Woman is the Future of Man] (MIFF 04).

See also...


“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 »


“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain ... More »


Down on his luck and desperate, Gang Tae-shik ([Choi Min-sik; Old Boy], MIFF 04) is doing it hard on the streets. He's lost the respect of his son, and his wife has thrown him out of home. Now the ... More »


The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers ... More »


[Low Life] is the staggering 99th feature of Korean cinema master Im Kwon-taek, in which he continues to put traditional Korean culture at the heart of his aesthetic enterprise. ... The visually ... More »

spider forest

Rooted in the substance of nightmares but playing out like a murder mystery, [Spider Forest] is a chilling, surrealist exploration of memory and guilt. ... Min has lost his wife in a plane crash - a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director