Woman on the Beach (2008)
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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.
A richly satisfying film that compassionately probes the human heart while preserving its elusive mysteries.
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.
You won't need a degree in Korean cinema to anticipate that complications will arise.
The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over.
Audience Reviews for 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.
[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]
[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]
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..
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