Consumerism, vanity and selfishness are the order of the day, a mere decade later. Unprecedented in both his domestic success and formal invention, Hong has been central to Korean cinema ever since. While quite different in style to his later more minimalist films, what is immediately apparent in this debut is Hong’s ability to put very real human beings, warts and all, onscreen. Hong’s trademark self-deprecating compassion uncannily generates a wistful magic. Profound meaning is conjured out of the thin air of everyday living. A landmark in Korean cinema. (SW)

Director: Hong Sangsoo

Writer: Hong Sangsoo, Jeong Dai-Seong, Yeo Hye-Yeong, Kim Al-A, Seo Sin-Hye

Producer: Lee Woo-Suk

Cast: Kim Eui-Sung, Park Jin-Sung, Cho Eun-Sook, Lee Eung-Kyeong

Production Company: Dong A Exports CO., LTD

Rights Holder: Dong A Exports CO., LTD

Drama / 1996 / 117 min / CERT. 18 / Colour / DCP / Original Format: 35mm

Selected Filmography

Hotel by the River (2018)

The Day After (2017)

On the Beach at Night Alone (2017)

Yourself and Yours (2016)

Right Now, Wrong Then (2015)

Woman is the Future of Man (2014)

The Day He Arrives (2011)

Like You Know It All (2009)

Night and Day (2007)

Turning Gate (2002)

The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)