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Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema)

Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema) (2005)


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South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo generally tells the same story twice, and his work often involves people working in the film industry. His sixth feature, Tale of Cinema, follows this pattern, but Hong adds a new wrinkle. In the first half, we're introduced to Sang-won (Lee Gi-woo of The Classic), who seems to be a ne'er-do-well, and happens to run into Yong-sil (Eom Ji-weon), whom he had a crush on back when they were in school. While she finishes out her workday, he goes to see a play. The


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There are filmmakers lurking here, and their involvement in the unfolding action highlights Hong's multilayered, self-deprecating self-portrait-and his ambivalent view of a milieu that is inescapably his own.

March 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Hong, who reportedly always carries a notebook with him, is an excellent observer of the minutiae of daily life.

October 4, 2005
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This one has a sheer simplicity and clarity.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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...richly inventive and consistently fascinating filmmaking...

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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Emotionally honest in its late-bloomer humility... a love-story diptych whose two halves reflect and refract upon one another through the all-seeing eye of film itself.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Captures the elusive, entrancing sway that the finest movies hold over our lives.

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

There is an endearing fluidity to this Korean film about the interplay between movies and life.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Hong Sang-soo, a one-note but compelling Korean auteur, returns to his familiar obsessions with his best results to date here.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Hong's film is simply told but resonates with profound meaning.

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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