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Woman Is the Future of Man (2004)

Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 May 2004 (South Korea)
Two college friends get together and reminisce on the woman they both fell in love with at different times in their past, and are thus propelled to find her.

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Sang-soo Hong

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Sang-soo Hong

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-tae Yu ... Lee Mun-ho
Tae-woo Kim ... Kim Hyeon-gon
Hyun-Ah Sung Hyun-Ah Sung ... Park Seon-hwa
Ho-jung Kim Ho-jung Kim ... Park Bo-yeong (Mun-ho's wife) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yun-beom Bae Yun-beom Bae
Su-Jeong Eom Su-Jeong Eom
Seung-chae Lee Seung-chae Lee ... (as Ji-seon Lee)
Dal-su Oh
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Storyline

On a very cold winter morning, two friends meet after many years. Hun-joon who has just got back from USA after his film studies and Mun-ho, a part time lecturer at a university, reminisce over the past, drinking in a Chinese restaurant. Hours of drinking and talks, mixed with the recollections of the past bring them back the memory of a woman. A woman they both were romancing during the same period of time. After wandering in their own version of reminiscence, they decided to find and meet her, who turns out to be running a hotel lobby bar in Puchon, a satellite city near Seoul. The woman, Sun-hwa, without showing much emotion upon their appearance, asks them to wait in front of her apartment. When she returns, they begin a decadent drinking party till the daybreak. Written by AnonymousB

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Drama

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Country:

South Korea | France

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Woman Is the Future of Woman See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,763, 5 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,807, 7 May 2006
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Mirashin Korea See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Men Are Sex-Obsessed Schmucks - Korean Version
13 March 2006 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Woman Is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda)" feels like a cheerless Korean spin on "Jules et Jim" crossed with the chauvinism of "Carnal Knowledge".

From the discussion in the ladies room after wards, people in the audience weren't falling asleep trying to follow the flash backs vs. dreams vs. fantasies vs. flash forwards vs. the narrative of an obsessive threesome of old friends as much as frustration with the women characters. Either the females were fulfilling every racist stereotype Americans have of "Oriental" women, as seductive passive doormats, or the film is one long drunken male fantasy. The women only got to even show emotions a handful of times.

Occasionally the two guy friends weepily confess, through their nonstop talking and drinking reunion, their faults with mea culpas and various self-flagellations about wanting sex "too much", and even admitting that they've mistreated the women they stalk --but that doesn't stop their boorish, insensitive --and worse-- behavior.

It is also possible that a lot of the Korean cultural reference points were lost in the subtitle translations. There seems, for example, to be a familiar form of address in Korean as there is in many non-English languages that was clumsily handled in the translation when women despair of being addressed that way by their lovers.

Whatever theme writer/director Sang-soo Hong intended to portray about the role of Eros amidst a non-purifying snowy night in the city, all that comes across is that men are schmucks and they deserve what they get.


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