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For his 22nd feature as director, Hong delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle a flame with a younger woman, a narcissistic filmmaker works to put together his next project-all while Areum types. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what's been written? As the dramas inside the café unfold, the plants outside grow taller. .


Critic Reviews for Grass

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  • The black-and-white "Grass" is a deceptively potent entry in the canon, a thimbleful of purest, concentrated Hong-brand soju.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

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  • Much less consistently enjoyable than many Hong films twice its length, Grass compensates for its dramatic slackness and deviant sobriety by honing in on the ideas that its director's work often skirts around.

    Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The choice to shoot in unspectacular black and white and in uninterrupted long takes (par for Hong's course) brands it as mainly for the fan club, whose ranks seem to grow with every new addition.

    Feb 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With Grass, Hong has taken the familiar elements of his work and exploded them, fashioning a kind of lonely cinematic cubism.

    Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whatever state of existence Grass is taking place on, one thing is for certain: It's Hongian playfulness of surprisingly soulful intrigue.

    Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An exquisite hangout movie whose probing, sardonic approach to character and conversation treads familiar terrain for the increasingly prolific Korean director.

    Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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