Woman on the Beach Reviews
Knowing that Hong is such an ?acclaimed? Asian director, which is very often gotten mention in the same sentence with Tsai Ming-Liang, Hou Hsiao-Sien, etc then i already expecting a heavy, meditative, and quite boring film. But fortunately, the case is so much different. While there are some flaws here and there, and still featuring the same ?simplish? directional style, but This is, surprisingly, a light, funny, yet still offerings many great philosophical question for us to learn for.
The main power of this film, for me is its clever and witty dialogue, and a great philosophy about the relationship of human being. There are two scenes in particular that, while i rated this, kinda thinking that i could rated this film higher. the first is just not far from the beginning, when the two main protagonist share an awkward moment outside a supermarket. and the second is near the end, when the director draws a very meaningful explanation about how to views a situation as a whole on a surface of paper.
But then again, Hong use a very simple direction style, that, for a 2 hours more film, that kind of direction makes it more hard to follows this film without looking at the watch. If the first half of the film is a genius love triangle comedy, then the second half is when the boring word get used more often.
But overall, i love how Hong differentiates from another director, and really looking forward for his other film !
The characters seemed self-involved, too much for their own good. Copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and I wasn't sure why. Lots of insults were thrown around so wasn't sure if they liked each other.
After it was all over, I was left wondering if writer's block is solved in such shallow and cruel ways as this movie seems to depict. Creation/creativity may have its struggles. But this movie asks its audience to stretch in ways I think were too far-fetched. It wasn't funny and it wasn't engaging enough for me.
There is nothing I can really say negative about the film techniques used in Woman on the beach. In fact I was really impressed by some of the techniques and beautiful cinematography Director Hong Sang-soo used, like the use of two shot; and slow zoom which is not conventional. Some critics would say is an amateur?s technique, in this case it worked beautifully. The editing was simple, which allowed shots flow naturally. Overall excluding the long length of the film, A Woman on the beach is a beautiful film that raises the bar for romantic comedies.