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The Power of Kangwon Province (1998)

Kangwon-do ui him (original title)
(Korean with English subtitles) Helmed by one of Korea's leading directors, Hong Sang-soo, Jisook joins two of her girlfriends for a holiday in Korea's Kangwon Province. But in an eerie ... See full summary »

Director:

Sang-soo Hong

Writer:

Sang-soo Hong
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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Jong-hak Baek Jong-hak Baek ... Sangkwon
Yun-hong Oh Yun-hong Oh ... Jisook
Yu-seok Kim Yu-seok Kim ... The Policeman (as Yoosuk Kim)
Jaehyun Chun Jaehyun Chun ... Jaewan
Hyun-young Park Hyun-young Park ... Eunkyoung
Sunyoung Im Sunyoung Im ... Misun
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(Korean with English subtitles) Helmed by one of Korea's leading directors, Hong Sang-soo, Jisook joins two of her girlfriends for a holiday in Korea's Kangwon Province. But in an eerie twist of fate, her former lover, Sangkwon, plans a getaway for the same destination, where tragedy brings them together once again. Written by Anonymous

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there isn't love like that

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Drama

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A Movie to Think About
31 March 2004 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

In the film Kongwon-do ui him it features a relatively intimate look into the meaningfulness (as well as general meaninglessness) into the lives of various Koreans; empty people seeking ways to fill themselves, enjoying the escapism of nature. From the beginning to the end of the film we observe the fallibility of the various characters; we learn of their shortcomings and their desires, the overall complexity captured within human life (and yet the overal simplicity of humanity). Although the film is slow-moving, it can be very contemplative. It does not force any ideas, but allows the ideas to come about themselves, it allows the concepts to reveal themselves.

The film ends as well and as suddenly as it begins, and one truly understands the meaning of aloneness, that love is often an act of selfishness, and the many mistakes that we make. It is a look into everyday life, very well and beautifully done.

If you are looking for action or for intense drama, this is not the film for you. However, if you enjoy honest, original, and meaningful films that are not forced and without glitz, this is a great film to watch.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

4 April 1998 (South Korea) See more »

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$7,892
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