Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema)
Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema) (2005)

South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo generally tells the same story twice, and his work often involves people working in the film industry. His sixth feature, Tale of Cinema, follows this pattern, but Hong adds a new wrinkle. In the first… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 19, 2005
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

There are filmmakers lurking here, and their involvement in the unfolding action highlights Hong's multilayered, self-deprecating self-portrait-and his ambivalent view of a milieu that is inescapably his own.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...richly inventive and consistently fascinating filmmaking...

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

There is an endearing fluidity to this Korean film about the interplay between movies and life.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

Hong, who reportedly always carries a notebook with him, is an excellent observer of the minutiae of daily life.

Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

Emotionally honest in its late-bloomer humility... a love-story diptych whose two halves reflect and refract upon one another through the all-seeing eye of film itself.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Hong Sang-soo, a one-note but compelling Korean auteur, returns to his familiar obsessions with his best results to date here.

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Derek Elley
Variety

This one has a sheer simplicity and clarity.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Captures the elusive, entrancing sway that the finest movies hold over our lives.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Hong's film is simply told but resonates with profound meaning.

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