Haebyuneui Yoein

Haebyuneui Yoein

Haebyuneui Yoein

  Korea is not only one of the most exciting film nations, it is also extremely productive. Last year, were filmed over 100 Korean movies, will see nine of them are at the Berlinale, three of them in the Panorama: the shrill Dasepo Sonyeo comedy, drama, the love of two gay men No Regret and Hong Sangsoos Woman on the Beach.

The Woman on the Beach suffers director Joong-rae (Kim Seung-woo) under a writer’s block. Previously, he has already made several successful films, is only the work on his new screenplay “About Miracles” is progressing slowly. To clear your head, he asks his friend, the production designer Chang-wook (Kim Tae-woo) to accompany him for a few days to the seaside. Chang-wook agrees, if his new love interest, he can come with Moon-sook (Ko Hyun-jeong). All three of the trip to the Shinduri Beach, a deserted holiday resort in the off-season – no entertainment, no distractions go, but talk to a lot of time walking, eating, drinking and smoking. After a night drinking bouts seduced Joong-rae Moon-sook, to travel the next day, the three now and again two days later, Joong-alone rae goes back to the sea. There he meets a young woman who reminds him of Moon-sook, and also with her, he ends up in bed. Moon-sook unexpectedly emerges again and draw the two to talk.

Hong Sangsoo filming the talks in long shots. The minimalist staging is reminiscent of the work as a director of the Berlin school, plus a good dose of humor, which the German cinema is often lacking, unfortunately. The viewer has to study in detail two hours time, the characters, their character and their behavior. He can watch how Jong-rae meanders between two women, his script and his peculiar ideas about love and sex, as the jealousies subtly ensued between the two women and how the characters try to cope with their emotions. A film worth seeing, which gives an insight into a typical Korean behavior.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: Haebyuneui Yoein Original Title: Woman on the Beach Country of production: South Korea Year of production: 2006 Length: (# ) 127 (min)

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