Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)
Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach) (2008)

Widely regarded as acclaimed Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's finest cinematic accomplishment to date, Woman on the Beach concerns Kim Joong-rae (Kim Seung-woo), a mercurially tempered writer/director drafting a screenplay during his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hong brings his usual light touch to this well-acted salvo in the battle of the sexes.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Woman on the Beach, perhaps [director Hong's] most accessible film (and often a funny one, too), is a good introduction, even if it is not a masterpiece. Here's hoping more of his films see the light of an American day.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

You won't need a degree in Korean cinema to anticipate that complications will arise.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

None of it is very compelling, thanks in large part to Hong's painfully perfunctory camera style.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A richly satisfying film that compassionately probes the human heart while preserving its elusive mysteries.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Hong has a deceptively simple director's touch, an organic breeziness that makes things feel spontaneous and improvised.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt, but writer-director Hong Sang-soo--South Korea's foremost chronicler of romantic maneuvering--is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his subtle comedy.

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Jan Stuart
Newsday

An elegant serving of comic Seoul food from director Hong Sang-soo.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Addresses in a serious/comical undertone something dearly personal and subtle the director has to say that's worth paying attention to.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Hong continues to dissect relationships between men and women, using his unique voice. His strength comes in balancing the arguments between the characters.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Woman on the Beach," Moon-sook(Ko Hyun-Joung) is not Chang-wook's(Kim Tae-Woo) boyfriend, no matter what he may think.… More
alan jay
I enjoyed this work by Hong, one of his more accessible works. Again about man-woman relationships and this one is entertaining, with some philosophical… More

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