Woman is the Future of Man (2004)

Woman is the Future of Man



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Movie Info

Two college buddies embark on journey to find the woman they both fell in love with at different times in their past.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sang-soo Hong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2007
New Yorker Films



as Park Seon-hwa

as Kim Heon-jun

as Waitress

as Kidnapper

as Gyeong-heui

as Lee Mun-ho
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Critic Reviews for Woman is the Future of Man

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Acutely perceptive and mournful character study.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Hong has a grace and stealth of his own, and his scenes tend to tilt in directions that few of us would dare to predict.

March 6, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

Hong Sangsoo's character development and, similarly, relationship progression never develop beyond the slam-bang aspects of romance.

March 3, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

If [viewers] stick around, however, they might find themselves becoming fans of the cerebral South Korean auteur.

March 3, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Basically, it's an elegant jeu, played and constructed with an almost Gallic lightness heightened by Jeong Yong-jin's bursts of music, all bouncy piano and pizzicato.

Full Review… | March 2, 2006
Top Critic

Hong may experiment with story flow and import, but he's nothing if not focused on Korean twentysomethings and their untethered life path of power-boozing, disconnection, and romantic failure.

Full Review… | February 28, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Woman is the Future of Man

[font=Century Gothic]"Woman is the Future of Man" starts with Hyeon-gon(Tae-woo Kim) arriving back in Korea from America where he was attending film school, first meeting up with an old pal, Mun-ho(Ji-tae Yu), who has since gotten married, had a kid, and in general done pretty well for himself. Before they go to visit Seon-hwa(Hyeon-a Seong), an ex-girlfriend of Hyeon-gon's, they get blind, stinking drunk at a restaurant and recall old times...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Woman is the Future of Man" is an intriguing but talky and derivative movie that has nothing really profound to say on the subject of relations between men and women which is expressed best in one particular scene. At the restaurant, both men proposition a waitress. Mun-ho asks her to pose nude for a painting. Hyeon-gon asks her to act in a movie he is putting together. This is supposedly indicative of both men's history of relationships. Mun-ho has casual affairs compared to Hyeon-gon's more sensitive approach.(Seon-hwa and him broke up because they used to argue all of the time.) But men are more complex than just two simple types. For example, most men would not proposition a waitress, no matter how drunk they were, if not out of politeness, than remembering that it is best never to mess with one who serves you food.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A south korean film that at times can be hard to understand from a western viewers perspective, but a challenge worth taking. The cinematography is the kind of filming I would like to do in my own film.

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