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Hong Sang-soo

Woman is the Future of Man (여자는 남자의 미래다)

Classics Focus on Korean Cinema 84' - 2004 - Drama - Dialogue: Korean
Director: Hong Sang-soo Composer: Yong-jin Jeong With: Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Tae-Woo, Hyun-Ah Sung
Delicately and elegantly, arthouse favourite Hong Sang-soo observes with requisite understated humour the floundering and fumbling of ordinary people struggling with the fragile and elusive nature of love.
Hong Sang-soo has often been called the South Korean Éric Rohmer, but that does not make his films homages and certainly not copies of the work of one of his idols. Like Rohmer, however, he is fascinated by the way we deceive and contradict ourselves when it comes to matters of the heart and lust. In this capricious melodrama – the very productive director's fifth film – two old school friends, a failed filmmaker and an art teacher – decide to visit an ex-girlfriend. But the trip down memory lane rips open old wounds; the breaking points of their love triangle come to life in flashbacks. In an always discreetly elegant mise-en-scène, Hong Sang-soo observes with understated humour the frolicking and bickering of ordinary people struggling with the fragility and elusiveness of love.
"Woman is the Future of Man is doomed to infuriate, and its scrutiny of disconnected beings, filmed in long, hold-your-breath takes, might feel like old hat to anyone reared on Antonioni, yet Hong has a grace and stealth of his own, and his scenes tend to tilt in directions that few of us would dare to predict." - The New Yorker

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Credits

Director

Hong Sang-soo

Composer

Yong-jin Jeong

With

Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Tae-Woo, Hyun-Ah Sung

Scenario

Hong Sang-soo

Director of Photography

Kim Hyung-koo

Editor

Sung-Won Hahm

Producer

Lee Hanna, Byong-joo Ahn, Song-min Choe, Marin Karmitz

Production studios

MK2 Films

More information

Dialogue

Korean

Countries of production

South Korea, France

Year

2004

Filmography

Hong Sang-soo
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996), The Power of Kangwon Province (1998), Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002), Woman Is the Future of Man (2004), Tale of Cinema (2005), Woman on the Beach (2006), Night and Day (2008), Lost in the Mountains (short, 2009), Like You Know It All (2009), Hahaha (2010), Oki's Movie (2010), List (short, 2011), The Day He Arrives (2011), In Another Country (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013), Our Sunhi (2013), Hill of Freedom (2014), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), Yourself and Yours (2016), On the Beach at Night Alone (2017), Claire's Camera (2017), The Day After (2017), Grass (2018), Hotel by the River (2018), The Woman Who Ran (2020), Introduction (2021), In Front of Your Face (2021), The Novelist's Film (2022), Walk Up (2022)

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