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Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda (2004)

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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Quietly Engaging, An Authentic, Heartfelt Look at Matters of the Heart
5 September 2006 | by gonzagaextSee all my reviews

It's been a while since I watched the amusingly titled "Woman is the Future of Man" at the Quad. More than a year and 2 Hong Sang-Soo films later it remains among my favorite films.

While it's always refreshing and welcome to see films depart from the pyrotechnics of the Hollywood school of film-making, some films' subtlety and quietness are rather oppressive (Tsai Ming-Liang immediately comes to mind). I think I have a longer attention span than the average film-goer, however, I have to admit that I can't sit through all kinds of slow films. Some are worth the challenge, others end up embodying the stereotype of the inaccessible art film. Hong's film would've looked like art house snobbery in action if not for the fact that it's made in a very straightforward manner focusing mainly on the most basic of emotions (and the complicated situations emanating from them). The style of film-making is so cinema verite, so unobtrusive, it's a joy to go beyond being a member of the audience and feel like an actual passerby. The best, most memorable celluloid stories stay in your mind as films but "Woman" is a story so well-told it feels more like snippets from somebody's life told by a close friend.

Hong Sang-soo's "Woman is the Future of Man" is yet another great addition to the impressive national cinema of South Korea and one that pushes me to continue exploring more of this body of work. It's raw, naked jealousy, regret, love, lust, and longing. It's a bittersweet reminder for anyone who's ever experienced romantic love and its many variations and deviations. This is it how it happens and somehow Mr. Hong has captured it through the magic of cinema.


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