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Tale of Cinema (2005)

Geuk jang jeon (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 2005 (South Korea)
In Seoul, the paths of two men and one woman intersect and move apart from one another, centering around their love for cinema. A suicidal student meets a young woman who decides to follow ... See full summary »

Director:

Sang-soo Hong

Writer:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kim Sang-kyung ... Kim Dong-soo
Ji-won Uhm ... Choi Young-shil
Ki-woo Lee ... Jeon Sang-won
Kyung-jin Lee Kyung-jin Lee
Kim Myeong Su Kim Myeong Su ... (as Myoeng-su Kim)
Jo Han-Chul ... Boy's Older Brother (as Han-Cheol Jo)
Seung-ah Lee
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ... Gyeongsang Province PD
Joong-hyeon Bang Joong-hyeon Bang
Seong-Yong Kye Seong-Yong Kye ... Gentle Alumnus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moonsu Bang Moonsu Bang
Jung-in Choi Jung-in Choi ... Female Alumni 2
Ju-Yeong Jang Ju-Yeong Jang ... Gentle Classmate's Daughter
Min-Young Min-Young ... Female Alumni 1
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In Seoul, the paths of two men and one woman intersect and move apart from one another, centering around their love for cinema. A suicidal student meets a young woman who decides to follow him in his fatal gesture. Coming out of a cinema, Tongsu, an unsuccessful filmmaker, spots a beautiful young woman, and recognizes her : she is the main actress in the film he has just seen. The life of this wavering and distressed young man strangely echoes the one of the young man from the beginning... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Connections

References A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) See more »

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Radetzkymarsch
Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
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A tale of woe, peppered with Marlboros and Hite beer
3 October 2005 | by lrpuliniSee all my reviews

I got the opportunity to see this at the NYFF-the director was both mysterious and shy in the Q&A so he did not shed much light on this seemingly simple film in concept which becomes complex in the execution(no pun intended). A better name for this film should have been "Sex and Death" as that are its two central subjects. I can't say I "got it" while watching it, but it had a resonance that sneaked up on me later. There is so much smoking and drinking in this film that my chest and head hurt by the end-I felt like I could smell the smoke and the beer. I was not familiar with the director's other films, but I might seek them out at this point, as this film did perplex and fascinate me, exactly what world cinema should do. Seoul looks like a beautiful and ugly place, all at the same time, and the meandering shots added greatly to the film's New Wave-like look.


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Country:

France | South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Korea

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$5,695
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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