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  • Actors: Kim Sang Kyung, Yi Jin Won and Choo Sang Mi
  • Directors: Hong Sang Soo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: YA Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PY32E2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film is about the quest of love of a young man. It is extremely realistic, especially in the description of a self-cantered central character who seems always a little surprised at what is happening to him. The film is NOT a romantic comedy. It is not even a comedy, or a drama, or whatever category you usually put movies in. It is a transposition of life, with all its ambiguities, its unaccomplished desires, its eternal quests. The direction is minimalist but effective. The acting is sublime. If you are not worried to watch a movie which shows things that might be happening to you, go and see it. --http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313550/

From the Korean director of The Power of Kangwon Province and Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, On The Occasion of Remembering The Turning Gate is another deceptively straightforward examination of the mechanics of relationships with the associated themes of loneliness and inability to communicate that Hong Sang-soo does so well. Kim Kyungsoo is an out of work actor. He has had some success on the screen but is better known for stage work. After he is dropped from a new film project, his life becomes a bit aimless and he leaves Seoul to visit a friend Sungwoo, in Chuncheon. On a boat trip on Lake Soyang, he is told the legend of a man who has been turned into a snake, but continues his pursuit of a princess and winds himself around her. The princess escapes into a temple and the snake is caught in a rainstorm and turns away at the place that is now called the Turning Gate. Kyungsoo is an unusual character to have as a lead in a film, as he doesn t seem to have much character or personality. At least not when off the stage. He is not very eloquent and his character is revealed by his clumsy attempts at communication and his awkwardness in social situations. He is considered a good actor by women he meets, who are initially attracted to him presumably because of his looks and modest fame, but he is not regarded highly by other people in his profession. Women are particularly unfathomable to him. He is unable to be the person Myungsuk wants him to be and escapes from Chuncheon when her attentions become too much for him. Travelling back to Seoul on the train he meets Sunyoung, and tries to be the person Myungsuk wanted him to be, but Sunyoung has a different image of him based on an event in their childhood. The person Kyungsoo wants to be for her is at odds with this preconceived image Sunyoung has created in her mind and trying to wrap himself into her life, Kyungsoo soon finds himself at his own Turning Gate. --http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=3676

About the Actor

Sang Mi Chu Filmography: 1. Bang-kwa-hoo ok-sang (2006) .... Cameo ... aka See You After School (International: English title) 2. Ssunday Seoul (2005) .... Cameo 3. "Byeonhosadeul" (2005) (mini) TV Series .... Song Yi-ryong ... aka Lawyers (International: English title) 4. Nuguna bimileun itda (2004) .... Han Ji-yeong ... aka Everybody Has Secrets (International: English title: festival title) (Singapore: English title) ... aka Everybody Has a Little Secret (International: English title) 5. Miso (2003) .... So-jung ... aka A Smile (International: English title) 6. Naneun nareul pagoehal gwolliga itda (2003) .... Mara ... aka Mise à nu (France) ... aka My Right to Ravage Myself (International: English title) ... aka The Right to Ravage Myself (International: English title) 7. Saenghwalui balgyeon (2002) .... Seon-young ... aka On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (International: English title) ... aka Turning Gate (International: English title) 8. Sae-yi yaeseu (2001) .... Yun-hie ... aka Say Yes (International: English title) 9. Interview (2000) .... Actress ... aka Dogme # 7 - Interview (South Korea: series title) ... aka Intyebyu 10. Toemarok (1998) .... Seung-hie ... aka Soul Guardians 11. Cheob-sok (1997) ... aka The Contact (International: English title) 12. Ggotip (1996) ... aka A Petal (International: English title)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pure_honey on September 9, 2010
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It would be nice if Hong Sangsoo's films got proper U.S. distribution. It'd be really nice and proper... Martin Scorsese praised Hong.

Anyways, this product was labeled DVD-5 on the box but it played normally in my Region 1 DVD player with English subtitles.

I received this film with reserve even though I am a fan of Hong's Woman on The Beach. Fortunately, this 2002 film is also a gem. There is a lot to rave about but I'll end this vague review with the parting words, by all means see this.

Ranking of Hong films I've seen:
1. Woman on The Beach or Turning Gate
3. Woman is the Future of Man

There are a handful more that have no U.S. release. So uh, let's create a demand.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jmpg on September 29, 2007
It's hard to believe that this film has just recently found a major domestic release, considering that it is actually one of director Hong Sang Soo's most accessible and more well-known films. Fans of his movies will be delighted to know that the subject matter here doesn't stray too far away from what he normally tries to present. For those just tuning into his style, it may be either be an interesting new experience or simply a complete turn off. Whichever type of audience you will fall into, there's still no doubt it will be one you'll most likely remember.

The premise of Turning Gate (whose complete title is actually On The Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate) is relatively quite simple. It centers around a man who tries getting involved with two different women but the relationships produce no real results. The situations he gets himself into make this much more than just the typical one-dimensional failed love flick. Most of the time, how the characters handle each bit of dialogue is completely unpredictable and contrary to what we may expect to happen. It may have been done before, but hardly anyone can make it as interesting or as touching as Hong does. It's definitely not your usual comedy, romance, or drama.

I actually liked it so why three stars? The reason being is because Turning Gate will most likely cause a mixed reaction between viewers. Believe me when I say you will end up either loving it or hating it. Some may find the scenarios engaging and unique, while others will be bored to tears. Even in his native Korea, there are a series of mixed reactions toward his movies. That being said, I simply cannot recommend it alone on the fact that I personally enjoyed it.
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