Woman on the Beach (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Woman on the Beach
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.
An elegant serving of comic Seoul food from director Hong Sang-soo.
Audience Reviews for Woman on the Beach
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..
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.
Normally elements like a blocked-up screenwriter and hot-cold-hot relationship issues would raise some red flags, but hey, it's Korean. Look out Bujalski, you got some foreign competition.
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