Woman on the Beach
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- Making of Woman on the Beach
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- Optional English Subtitles
"Incredibly captivating... a gifted filmmaker, a smart and funny script, and capable actors fuse into one perfect cinematic experience that leaves the viewer in a state of bliss. Charming and delightful." Rudy Joggerst, REEL.COM
"Beatiful, drily funny.... Hong's best. Grade: A." Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"A dazzlingly astute reading of male-female relationships." Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY
"Exhilarating! Profoundly rewarding." Aaron Hillis, PREMIERE
"A deadpan, melancholy erotic comedy...like mid-period Woody Allen." J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE
Top Customer Reviews
dir. Hong Sang-soo, 2006
Washed up at low tide 4*
I'm giving this one the same 4* review as a couple of other reviewers, but view it less favorably. From the tone of their reviews, I'm surprised they didn't award enthusiastic 5*s.
"Woman on the Beach" continues the male-female relationship theme of 2004's "Woman is the Future of Man," but is, for me, more successful. The males, if anything, are even more pathetic and wimpy jerks, but the women, though still pushovers, show signs of inner strength and are more in charge of their lives.
Once again two buddies vie for the attention of one woman. Film director Kim Jongrae (oddly, film maker Hong's films seem to involve filmmakers, like rock songs about musicians' lives on the road ;-) is stuck writing a script, and insists his buddy Changwook (who, the dvd cover informs us, is his production designer) accmpany him on a getaway to try to get the creative juices flowing. Changwook agrees, but only if he brings his girlfriend. So, in spite of a threatened "sandstorm" [??], the two buddies, somewhere approaching middle age, take off for the seaside resort town of Shinduri, with the pretty, younger Moonsook, and tension builds as the two vie for her attention ... or is it she playing one against the other?
Shinduri, oddly, is nearly deserted, perhaps because of the hotel rooms which are unexpectedly expensive? or the sandstorm, which never shows? or the surly restaurant waiters, which leads Jongrae to an explosive outburst? Anyway, the threesome totter about looking for a cheap room, getting drunk and pontificating a lot, and doing no writing.Read more ›
Slow-moving, episodic and hypnotic, the Korean drama "Woman on the Beach" is wonderfully perceptive about human nature and the multi-faceted and complex ways in which people relate to one another. It's virtually impossible to pigeonhole any of the characters since they often act and react in ways that surprise and intrigue us. Director Sang-soo Hong relies largely on extended conversations to tell his story, an approach which allows the drama to unfold in a thoroughly naturalistic fashion, without having to resort to melodrama or contrivance to get its points across. To that end, the movie is filled with numerous seemingly irrelevant, off-the-cuff moments (including the final scene) that add immeasurably to the verisimilitude of the piece. As a result, every moment in the film feels unscripted and real, an illusion greatly enhanced by the excellent performances of Seung-woo Kim, Hyun-jung Go, Seon-mi Song and Tae-woo Kim.
Finally, the shuttered hotels and sparsely populated beaches and boardwalks provide an eerily appropriate backdrop for this tale of an individual so haunted by the demons and ghosts of his own past that he finds it difficult to live in the present.
"Woman on the Beach" always plays it straight: Moon-sook's sassiness, director Kim's bumbling attempts at flattery, his pretentious film, his self-conscious intolerance, Chang-wook's posturing. The first half of the film pits one savvy and manipulative woman against two male egos who fight over her, probably because they have nothing better to do. It's hilarious. This trio speaks bluntly, and they always do and say the unexpected. The second half of the film didn't work as well for me, because the tone is difficult to express in subtitles. Once there is nothing to keep Director Kim and Moon-sook apart, their neuroses take over, of course. Without being able to understand how the actors are expressing themselves, it looks like either straight drama or parody. It is undoubtedly intended to be parody, and the situations are still funny, but the dialogue isn't effective in subtitles. I enjoyed the smart, straight-faced satire, though, and I'm sure "Woman on the Beach" is even better if you understand Korean.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one of my favorites of all time. this movie brings back memories and well as continuing to tickle me as I watch it again and againPublished on November 23, 2013 by bwolz
I think Korea makes some of the best raw and high concept movies. This movie did a great job exploring how we become attracted to the same types of romantic partners.Published on June 2, 2013 by Michael Douglas Neely
Please read the other reviews... I found them more interesting than watching the movie. The only reason I gave it 2 stars versus one is because the filmmaker does make interesting... Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Pinouille
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