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The late Lee Eun-Joo (GARDEN OF HEAVEN and TAEKUGI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN) gave a deeply heartbreaking performance in this cryptic romance directed by acclaimed Korean director Hong Sang-Soo. A love-triangle like relationship between a filmmaker, his enigmatic young female assisstant (Lee) and his friend is told twice, with the second version retelling their affair in a completely different light. Shot in beautiful black and white, VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS is a raw, unflinching look at our search for companionship and how our innocence is lost over time.

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  • Actors: Eun-ju Lee, Seong-kun Mun, Won-hee Cho, Myeong-gu Han, Jeong Ho-Bong
  • Directors: Sang-soo Hong
  • Writers: Sang-soo Hong
  • Producers: Byoung-ju Ahn, In-gi Choi
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BY9VNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Note: Cantonese with English subtitles.

Judging by the title of this rather obscure little Asian film you are led to expect something entirely different than what is actually presented on the screen. Who wouldn't expect something highly pornographic in nature when they read the title `Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors.' It turns out to be nothing of the kind.

What you find yourself watching instead is a slow moving study in existential longing and alienation presented in a manner that Ingmar Bergman would be proud of. The film is shot in black and white, the season is winter. The trees are barren of foliage, the lake in the park frozen and the sky overcast and gloomy. The mood and atmosphere is so stark and minimal you almost expect to see Sven Nykvists' name in the closing credits.

Synopsis: Two attractive young people meet through a mutual acquaintance and begin a tentative friend which slowly evolves into a meaningful relationship. The tale is told twice, first from the male perspective, then the female. This is definitely a love story of the mundane kind. It contains no exhilarating expressions of love or carefree emotional outbursts. The only brief moment of openly affectionate behavior between the two would-be lovers comes late in the film, finally adding a brief but positive and uplifting note to an otherwise dreary relationship.

It took me awhile to figure it out the filmmakers intent, but I think I finally did. The message of the film is found in the cinematic mood, not the dialogue. The mood is the message. From a personal perspective two hours and six minutes is an awfully long time to simply bask in the atmosphere of a movie, but maybe that's just a product of my American perspective. If not for the presence of the alluring beauty Eun-ju Lee as the female love interest I would've never lasted to the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 25, 2010
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Virgin is a movie about a 7 day love triangle, with the story constructed twice based on two memories. It's only the second film of actress Eun-ju Lee, who plays Soo-jung. On IMDB the B&W is reported as "striking", "radiant" and "gorgeous" but my copy (shown), the North American distribution DVD, is none of those. The B&W is elsewhere reported as "wonderfully grainy" and that seems to fit what I see. I liked this movie, the slow careful pace of it.

The DaDa-ist artist Marcel Duchamp created a conglomeration of performance/painted/sculpted art ideas and notions from 1912 or so through 1923. Duchamp called it "The Large Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even)" as he explored anti-art. He considered himself a Dadaist well into the '40s.

The film "Virgin Stripped Bare" reflects back to Duchamp's famous artwork. Duchamp's realized piece is a free-standing painting on glass. Cracked glass. It was painted in part with wire and dust.

While creating "Virgin" Duchamp also wrote notes and scraps and jottings and in the '30s published the collected loose clippings as "The Green Box", a kind of catalogue of his ideas. "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even" seems to re-organize space between the woman and her men, and the relationship between them, and the emotions of both the human "blossom" and a mechanical engine, or a "mass produced readymade." In Duchamp's mind the glass painting illustrated his Box.

A review of "The Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors" at Koreanfilm calls writer/director Hong Sang-soo "the strongest and most cerebral of contemporary Korean filmmakers.
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Oh! Soo-jung (The Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors) (Sang-soo Hong, 2000)

“I've never seen you be nice to anyone for this long before!”

Oh! Soo-jung was Sang-soo Hong's third film; since then he has directed over a dozen more, most of them much better-known. (Those on this side of the pond probably know him best for 2004's Woman Is the Future of Man.) That is, in general, early on in a director's career, but Hong had already gone quite a long way toward mastering the subtleties of relationships; this is a fun little movie, amusing and pointed in one breath and bitter in the next, about humans and the foibles that occur when they interact on any meaningful level. You've seen two hundred movies like that in the past month, probably, especially if you're a devotee of the Lifetime or Hallmark movie channels, but Hong's senses of subtlety and propriety blow all that stuff out of the water.

This would normally be where a plot goes, but there's not much plot to be had in this simple slice-of-life story detailing the on-again-off-again romance between videographer Soo-jung (Unborn but Forgotten's Eun-ju Lee) and gallery owner Young-soo (Green Fish's Seong-kun Mun). Hong instead focuses on character development, letting the story grow organically over a series of encounters, rather than driving the relationship towards its ultimate goal. That's how it feels, at least, which makes this something quite masterful if it was scripted; it feels far more like Four-Eyed Monsters than it does When Harry met Sally....

I want to tell you this movie is a comedy, but that would plant too many expectations in your head.
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