Woman is the Future of Man (2004)


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

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Seong Hyeon-ah
as Park Seon-hwa
Hyeon-a Seong
as Park Seon-hwa
Tae-woo Kim
as Kim Heon-jun
Kim Nan-heui
as Waitress
Park Jeong-wan
as Kidnapper
Oh Yu-jin
as Gyeong-heui
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Critic Reviews for Woman is the Future of Man

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

Acutely perceptive and mournful character study.

May 5, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Mar 6, 2006

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

Mar 3, 2006

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

Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Mar 2, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Feb 28, 2006 | Full Review…

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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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.
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