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Oh! Soo-jung (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 May 2000 (South Korea)
Relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illusions. Bitter-sweet serenade to modern courtship.

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Eun-ju Lee ...
Soo-jung
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Young-soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho
Myeong-gu Han
Jeong Ho-Bong
Lee Hwang-Ui
Bo-seok Jeong ...
Jae-hoon
Yeong-dae Kim
Mi-hyeon Park
Cho Ryeon
Mi-jung Song
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A young man arrives at a hotel for an assignation; she calls to say she's not coming. He is Jae-hoon, she is Soo-jung; they've met through Young-soo, an independent filmmaker. Soo-jung writes for Young-soo; Jae-hoon may finance his film project. From varying points of view in two long parallel flashbacks, we see what precedes the hotel date. Details differ, and each account includes events missing from the other. Characters are quiet and self-contained, then animated; victims apologize. Each character frequently asks, "Really?" What has really happened? Is one account more accurate? Is a kiss the most enjoyable and promising human contact? Connections are tenuous and fragile. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors  »

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The English title "The Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors" is a reference to Marcel Duchamp's glass artwork "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even" made between 1915 and 1923. Like the film, the work of art is split into two halves: the upper belonging to the bride and the lower belonging to the bachelors. Also as in the movie, their relationship is ambiguous but presumably sexual. See more »

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Seeing double

Well, here's a Korean movie that even lovers of Godard (and Bergman, to a lesser extent) might love. Shot in radiant black-and-white (gorgeous), this film tells the story of a young woman Soo-jung (LEE Eun-Joo), "courted" by one acquaintance (and also pursued by her boss) in two equal parts -- first from the perspective (mostly) of the young woman's would-be lover, and then (from the top) from the woman's point of view (but again, mainly only mostly). Sometimes the matching scenes are almost identical, other times they are radically different. Most interesting, however, are the matches when only relatively small details are slightly differently remembered (?). This could be sterile and abstract (and some critics have complained), but I found it quite accessible and enjoyable. Our heroine's sensibilities seem a bit more robust (despite her virginal state) than those of either of her men -- and the "second time around" of the story often seems a bit more humorous. Due to my imperfect memory, several viewing will be required until I can pull all the pierces of this film together. Nonetheless, I'd say this is very much worth watching.


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