Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo (홍상수) Yourself and Yours (당신 자신과 당신의 것, 2016) Review by Robert Cottingham. You can tell from the opening titles exactly the kind of film this is going to be. Black Korean calligraphy on a white background suggests an intelligent and possibly artistic film and the lively classical music hints at a sophisticated comedy on […]

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Event news: two screenings of Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country

by Events Editor 20 January 2016
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This year’s series of screenings at the KCC is on the theme ‘Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour’ The first screening is on 28 January. As always, registration is required via the KCC website. You can also catch it at the Royal College of Art in Battersea on 26 Jan (where admission is free […]

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Festival Film Reviews: the four Korean films at the BFI London Film Fest 2015

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2015
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It was a very pleasing selection of Korean films at the BFI London Film Festival this year. And for the first time that I can remember, I managed to get to all of them. Here are the verdicts. The Assassination 암살, Dir Choi Dong-hoon, 2015. With a fantastic ensemble cast, including Jeon Ji-hyun as the […]

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Hong Sang-soo is April’s featured director at the KCC

by Events Editor 4 April 2015
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The month the KCC will be featuring two early films by Hong Sang-soo. Tony Rayns will be introducing The Day a Pig Fell in the Well on 16 April. As usual, reservation is required via the KCC website. Watch out for Song Kang-ho making his movie debut in a minor role in Hong’s first film. […]

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Hong Sang-soo season on Film 4

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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There are still some Korean film fans out there who haven’t seen any Hong Sang-soo yet. There’s a chance to catch his latest at this years London Korean Film Festival. But you can also see some of his recent back catalogue on TV before then. This must be the first occasion that Hong Sang-soo has […]

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Seven ways in which Hill of Freedom is different from other Hong Sang-soo films

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2014
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… and some ways in which it isn’t. Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕) is Hong Sang-soo’s 16th feature, and could not have been made by anyother director. The awkwardness of human interaction and conversation, the bonding over alcohol, the fragmentation of the narrative, the aim to rekindle lost love – all are common features of […]

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The tweet that launched a podcast

by Philip Gowman 6 December 2013
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I was watching Nobody’s Daughter Haewon as part of the BFI London Film Festival this year, and was rather enjoying it. I’ve done a little review of it here. It was nice to see some familiar locations in the film. And then I saw something even more familiar: one of the characters in the film […]

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Festival Film Review: Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

by Philip Gowman 6 December 2013
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I often find myself falling asleep during Hong Sang Soo films. But my two most recent experiences – a second viewing of HaHaHa as part of the KCC’s Moon So-ri season – and Nobody’s Daughter Haewon at the ICA, coinciding with its screening at the 57th BFI London Film Festival, have been exceptions. Part of […]

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Hahaha – the first Hong Sang-soo film I’ve enjoyed without trying

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2013
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OK, it was the second time I had seen it. The first time, I had slept through it. But that was because I had been entering into the spirit rather too much by indulging in a drinking session of Hongian proportions beforehand. The second time round, there was the anticipation of seeing the lead actress […]

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Hong Sang-soo’s Hahaha to screen at BAFTA, with Moon So-ri Q&A

by Events Editor 31 March 2013
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People who know me will be aware that my sincere appreciation of Hong Sang-soo’s work does not mean that I always stay awake during his movies. But having been to Tongyeong since the first time I went to the theatre when Hahaha was screening, I know I’ll be wide awake for the upcoming screening on […]

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Korea Herald gives Im Sang-soo a thumbs-down

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2012
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The Korea Herald *really* doesn’t like Im Sang-soo’s Taste of Money, currently in competition at Cannes. Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country with Isabelle Hubert fares better. Full story: http://bit.ly/JskHji

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Korean Films at the 55th BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2011
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Two Korean films will be screening as part of the 55th BFI London Film Festival this month: Hong Sang-soo makes his regular appearance, while Kim Kyung-mook’s Stateless Things centres on the life of a North Korean illegal immigrant in Seoul. Hong Sang-soo: The Day He Arrives Fri 14 Oct | 20:45 | NFT 2 Sun […]

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Hong Sang-soo’s film “The Day He Arrives” – same as all the others?

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2011
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Is director Hong Sang-soo making the same film over and over again? With latest film, “The Day He Arrives,” Hong Sang-soo makes a return to the familiar. http://bit.ly/qDuiAd

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Isabelle Huppert cast in next Hong Sang-soo film

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2011
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Isabelle Huppert now shooting new Hong Sang-soo film. Moon So-ri and Hong Sang-soo regular Yu Jun-sang will also be appearing. Via Screen Daily bit.ly/nK9T4O

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Hong Sang-soo for beginners

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2011
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Darcy Paquet: Which Hong Sang-soo film is best to show to a newcomer? My gut feeling is HaHaHa. Will test this on my Korean cinema class in May. lklinks: Fell asleep during HaHaHa. My choice would be Like you know it all. darcypaquet: According to Twitter votes, the best Hong Sang-soo film to show a […]

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Korean film at Cannes 2011

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2011
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Three Korean Films have been invited to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. Nice to see Kim Ki-duk back in action with Arirang. http://bit.ly/i7Q3D3 #. Na Hong-jin’s Yellow Sea plus the latest Hong Sang-soo also going.

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An Afternoon and Evening with Hong Sang-soo at the National Film Theatre.

by Colette Balmain 11 October 2010
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Colette Balmain, editor of the upcoming Directory of World Cinema: Korea, encounters Hong Sang-soo at the screening of Hahaha on Friday 3rd September 2010, which opened the month-long retrospective of his work at the South Bank. Before the screening of HaHaHa, which was followed by a Q&A with Tony Rayns, at the NFT, I had […]

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