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On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002)

Saenghwalui balgyeon (original title)
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Actor Kyung Soo leaves Seoul to visit an old classmate. The reunion with his friend does not amount to much, but the trip does lead to some romantic encounters. He gets involved with two ... See full summary »


Sang-soo Hong


Sang-soo Hong
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Credited cast:
Sang-mi Choo Sang-mi Choo ... Seon-young
Ji-won Ye ... Myung-sook
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kil-kang Ahn ... Movie Director
George Georgiou George Georgiou ... Roger
Choo-wol Kim Choo-wol Kim ... (as Chu-wol Kim)
Hak-sun Kim Hak-sun Kim ... Seong-wu
Sang-kyung Kim ... Gyung-soo


Actor Kyung Soo leaves Seoul to visit an old classmate. The reunion with his friend does not amount to much, but the trip does lead to some romantic encounters. He gets involved with two women, first a young college student whom he leaves without a moment's thought and then a woman whom he deems his fated partner. As Kyung Soo becomes increasingly invested in this second relationship, he begins to notice certain coincidences and similarities that recall past pairings, blurring his conception of exactly which woman, which relationship, he is so desperately holding on to. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

22 March 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Turning Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Seon-young: Even though it's difficult to be a human being, let's not turn into monsters.
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Series of social events wrenched with untamed liaisons
5 May 2005 | by Gigo_SatanaSee all my reviews

I think it's safe to assume that if you sought this film out on your own or were strongly urged by someone close to watch it, after reading or hearing its vividly gloomy description - chances are that this film will draw near to what you have envisioned and even surpass it. The reason why I say this is because such genre in film, although easily recognizable and independently existent in almost every country, is the embodiment of films described as "acquired taste".

Crafting such films is not an easy task and sometimes enjoying them is as hard, but ultimately rewarding. I always look forward to them, because they often reflect life in such ways that make me blush, feel saddened or merely reminiscent of a similar situation from a personal experience which I never thought possible to see through someone else's eyes.

This film is a fine example of that type of cinema, which isn't cautious, shy nor uncertain of what it wants you to see. Obviously the actors and their delivery is the stronghold of this experience because it tends to bravely strip down to sincere dialogs, perceptive expressions and ordinarily enjoyable landscapes. Something that I always look forward to in Hong's films, no matter how unconventional the tales sometimes tend to be.

Going into the details of the film's plot would be unreasonable due to the nature of its intent or the lack of it, besides other reviews here have given enough insight as it is. In a sentence this has become Hong's favorite set ups in films, where a man and a woman who haven't seen each other in some time meet and share few uncomfortable and sexual situations en route of heavy drinking and eating.

Watch this film on any given day, under any type of a weather, with whomever you desire, because the unfortunate truth is that Seon-young's unintended journey will either fascinate you with its symbolic realism or repel you with its decision not to pass through the turning gate.

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