Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)
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Haebyonui Yoin (Woman on the Beach)
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 stay at an off-season oceanside resort. Joong-rae becomes acquainted with two female vacationers, each of whom unwittingly exposes undercurrents of hostility and self-destructiveness inside of him; he then uses the encounters as script fodder. The film represents Hong's exploration of the machismo, aggression, and hostility that typically lie at the core… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"You won't need a degree in Korean cinema to anticipate that complications will arise."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"None of it is very compelling, thanks in large part to Hong's painfully perfunctory camera style."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A study of mannerisms and relationships that pauses for the occasional philosophic sidebar."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Writer-director Hong Sang-soo, called the Asian Eric Rohmer by some, has crafted what may be his most accessible exploration of young adult relationships"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A richly satisfying film that compassionately probes the human heart while preserving its elusive mysteries."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Hong has a deceptively simple director's touch, an organic breeziness that makes things feel spontaneous and improvised."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Hong [Sang-soo] moves slowly but deftly through scenes rich with social games and veiled confessions and allows his characters to emerge sadder but wiser."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"supremely refined"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"An elegant serving of comic Seoul food from director Hong Sang-soo."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Addresses in a serious/comical undertone something dearly personal and subtle the director has to say that's worth paying attention to."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Korean director Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach offers flavors of quarterlife angst and romantic insecurity for which American audiences clearly have an insatiable appetite."
‑ Benjamin Sutton, New York Press
"Unpredictable and refreshingly inventive, this flick certainly stands on its own as perhaps South Korea's kookiest contribution to the battle-of-the-sexes genre."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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