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Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach) (2008)

Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Hong brings his usual light touch to this well-acted salvo in the battle of the sexes.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Hong brings his usual light touch to this well-acted salvo in the battle of the sexes.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,122


Movie Info

Widely regarded as acclaimed Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's finest cinematic accomplishment to date, Woman on the Beach concerns Kim Joong-rae (Kim Seung-woo), a mercurially tempered writer/director drafting a screenplay during his stay at an off-season oceanside resort. Joong-rae becomes acquainted with two female vacationers, each of whom unwittingly exposes undercurrents of hostility and self-destructiveness inside of him; he then uses the encounters as script fodder. The film represents … More

Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Sang-soo Hong
In Theaters:
Dec 30, 2008
New Yorker Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (4) | DVD (4)

Woman on the Beach, perhaps [director Hong's] most accessible film (and often a funny one, too), is a good introduction, even if it is not a masterpiece. Here's hoping more of his films see the light of an American day.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A richly satisfying film that compassionately probes the human heart while preserving its elusive mysteries.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt, but writer-director Hong Sang-soo--South Korea's foremost chronicler of romantic maneuvering--is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his subtle comedy.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

You won't need a degree in Korean cinema to anticipate that complications will arise.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
Top Critic

The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

An elegant serving of comic Seoul food from director Hong Sang-soo.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Top Critic

None of it is very compelling, thanks in large part to Hong's painfully perfunctory camera style.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013

Hong has a deceptively simple director's touch, an organic breeziness that makes things feel spontaneous and improvised.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Addresses in a serious/comical undertone something dearly personal and subtle the director has to say that's worth paying attention to.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A study of mannerisms and relationships that pauses for the occasional philosophic sidebar.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Hong [Sang-soo] moves slowly but deftly through scenes rich with social games and veiled confessions and allows his characters to emerge sadder but wiser.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Korean director Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach offers flavors of quarterlife angst and romantic insecurity for which American audiences clearly have an insatiable appetite.

Full Review… | January 9, 2008
New York Press

Writer-director Hong Sang-soo, called the Asian Eric Rohmer by some, has crafted what may be his most accessible exploration of young adult relationships

Full Review… | January 9, 2008
Film Journal International

supremely refined

Full Review… | January 8, 2008

Unpredictable and refreshingly inventive, this flick certainly stands on its own as perhaps South Korea's kookiest contribution to the battle-of-the-sexes genre.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008

Audience Reviews for Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)


Hong continues to dissect relationships between men and women, using his unique voice. His strength comes in balancing the arguments between the characters. Woman on the Beach is far more talkative than his earlier, Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelor's. Here, the verbal philosophical musings of the main characters take center stage. Like his previous work, this is a thoughtful film. Thus, it can take a while to get going.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Woman on the Beach," Moon-sook(Ko Hyun-Joung) is not Chang-wook's(Kim Tae-Woo) boyfriend, no matter what he may think. But regardless of the circumstances, she accompanies him as he goes to an off-season resort town with Joong-rae(Kim Seung-Woo), a film director who is hoping to finish the script he is working on. But nothing comes easy. Oh well. At least, Moon-sook is interested in him...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Woman on the Beach" is a moderately engaging movie about miscommunication and relationships. The deliberate pace and long takes(but not the accompanying zooms and close-ups) work in the movie's favor but it is simply too long for something as inconsequential as this. Instead of letting the action unfold naturally, writer-director Hong Sang-soo takes a rather clumsy and forced approach to the material. And the last bit of symbolism is too obvious.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this work by Hong, one of his more accessible works. Again about man-woman relationships and this one is entertaining, with some philosophical sidebars on fixations, obsessions. It is quite watcheable and easy to understand, moreso than "woman is the future of man". Enjoy..

alan jay

Super Reviewer

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