Retrospective

by Lawrence Garcia Retrospective

Hotel by the River | Hong Sang-soo

Even for a career with no discernable lack of winter pictures (cf. The Day He Arrives, The Day After), Hotel by the River stands out as Hong Sang-soo’s coldest film to date. Set in a curiously unfrequented hotel by the Han River, in the…

October 26, 2018
by Christopher Bourne Retrospective

Grass | Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo packs a surprising amount of variety, complexity, and beguiling mystery into the 66-minute runtime of Grass. The film provides a brief but dense window of observation — and “observation” is the operative word here, since the central character, Areum (played by Hong’s…

October 26, 2018
by Zach Lewis Retrospective

The Day After | Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo‘s first black-and-white film since 2011’s The Day He Arrives (which is indeed quite a while, considering the rate at which he works), The Day After comes at a time when Hong’s films have garnered unprecedented levels of attention. Veteran festivalgoers are by…

October 26, 2018
by Sean Gilman Retrospective

Claire’s Camera | Hong Sang-soo

Of the three films Hong Sang-soo made in 2017, with actress and romantic partner Kim Min-hee, two were released in the U.S. in the spring of 2018 — shortly after his latest film, Grass (which also stars Kim), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.…

October 26, 2018
by Alex Engquist Retrospective

On the Beach at Night Alone | Hong Sang-soo

On the Beach at Night Alone is Hong Sang-soo’s most sensitive character study since Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, and in the context of his relationship with lead actress Kim Min-hee — and the ensuing tabloid-fueled scandal their affair caused — it’s also Hong’s most self-questioning…

October 26, 2018
by Tony G. Huang Retrospective

Yourself and Yours | Hong Sang-soo

In Yourself and Yours, we find Hong Sang-soo amusing himself by writing scenes that are completely ambivalent in nature, mainly due to having lead actress Lee Yoo-Young play a woman, Min-jeong, who refuses to be identified — either to other characters, to the audience,…

October 26, 2018
by Greg Cwik Retrospective

Right Now, Wrong Then | Hong Sang-soo

Distilled down to a one-sentence summary, the calmly melancholic Right Now, Wrong Then is the very essence of a Hong Sang-soo film: A bibulous director pursues an alluring young woman, and things go awry. With its sad, voluble characters drowning their problems in soju;…

October 26, 2018
by Paul Attard Retrospective

Hill of Freedom | Hong Sang-soo

For Hong Sang-soo, a filmmaker who usually favors fairly taut narrative structures, Hill of Freedom is something of a departure. The film operates in a mode of consistent fluctuation, with changing languages, temporal discontinuity, and an overall uncertainty as to the relationships’ trajectories. This…

October 25, 2018
by Sean Gilman Retrospective

Our Sunhi | Hong Sang-soo

Our Sunhi is the culmination of a cycle of Hong Sang-soo films, each starring actress Jung Yoomi, about aspiring women filmmaker with a weakness for strong drinks and a tendency to find themselves in the middle of love triangles between older and younger men. All the…

October 25, 2018
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