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Oh! Soo-jung (Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelor) (2000)

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Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors was writer/director Hong Sang-soo's (Turning Gate) third feature, and his first to be released on DVD in the United States. As the black-and-white film opens, a wealthy young man, Jae-hoon (Jeong Bo-seok), arrives at a hotel room, and examines it while he waits for a woman to join him. Soo-jung (Lee Eun-ju of Tae Guk Gi) phones him after a while, and tries to get out of their planned tryst. They argue on the phone. The film then flashes back to show us, in numbered and sometimes titled episodes, how the relationship between these two characters developed. Jae-hoon was working as an assistant to a struggling filmmaker, Young-soo (Mun Seong-kun of A Petal). After several social engagements, Jae-hoon suggests to Young-soo that he might be interested in financing his next film. Jae-hoon begins to pursue Soo-jung, who keeps him at bay for a while. But Jae-hoon is persistent, and eventually, she relents. She lets him know that she is a virgin. Eventually, it becomes clear that Young-soo also has a romantic interest in Soo-jung. Jae-hoon gets jealous, and he and Young-soo get into a big argument, but they patch things up, and make plans to go to an expensive hotel on Cheju Island where, presumably, they will have sex. At the film's midway point, Hong returns us to the first chapter, and we are taken through the story again, with many changes to the action -- some subtle and some more severe. The film's English-language title is an apparent reference to Marcel Duchamp's artwork, "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even." The original Korean title is the far more prosaic Oh! Soo-jung. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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A very well shot and acted film. The real beauty lies in how truthful the romance is. The love scenes are clumsy and will not look sweet and touching to an onlooker. These moments are specific to those involved and in the end that is real love. The story has two sides and we see each of them. There are some discrepancies between the two and some similarities. It seems as though each partner wants credit for the blossoming of the romance, like there is some kind of award. It hints at a slight selfish nature about loving one person. The film is slow in it's unraveling, but goes by fairly quickly. Like love itself, be patient and look for the small details that make it worthwhile.

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