Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema)
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Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema)
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 half, we're introduced to Sang-won (Lee Gi-woo of The Classic), who seems to be a ne'er-do-well, and happens to run into Yong-sil (Eom Ji-weon), whom he had a crush on back when they were in school. While she finishes out her workday, he goes to see a play. The two spend the evening together, getting very drunk. After an abortive effort at lovemaking… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"...richly inventive and consistently fascinating filmmaking..."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"There is an endearing fluidity to this Korean film about the interplay between movies and life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Hong, who reportedly always carries a notebook with him, is an excellent observer of the minutiae of daily life."
‑ Richard James Havis, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Hong Sang-soo, a one-note but compelling Korean auteur, returns to his familiar obsessions with his best results to date here."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"This one has a sheer simplicity and clarity."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Captures the elusive, entrancing sway that the finest movies hold over our lives."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Hong's film is simply told but resonates with profound meaning."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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