Hong Sang-soo (홍상수)

Hong Sang-soo (홍상수)

Hong Sang-soo is one of the most internationally recognised Korean directors working today, with his work often featuring in competition at film festivals around the world. Ironically however, director Hong’s artistic sensibilities make him quite a divisive filmmaker, and as such he has never been particularly successful commercially in his native country.

Hong Sang-soo debuted in 1996 with The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (돼지가 우물에 빠진 날) and was lauded for his vision and originality, winning several awards upon it’s international festival run.

Director Hong has developed as an auteur through his consistent interest in the nature of relationships, as well as different outcomes that can occur from confrontations. Within his films Hong Sang-soo often applies such ‘repetition with difference’ in the relationship context, replaying scenes again and again to find the ‘truth’ within the situation. Furthermore he also plays with traditional gender roles, constructing older intellectual men as childish and younger women as strong and independent.

2013 was a particularly strong year for Hong Sang-soo with the release of two films, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원) and Our Sunhi (우리 선희). Screening in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon was listed as the 8th best film of the year by Cahiers du Cinema magazine. Our Sunhi, meanwhile, earned Hong the Silver Leopard (Best Director) Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Filmography

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Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다)

Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다)

Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕)

Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕)

Our Sunhi (우리 선희)

Our Sunhi (우리 선희)

Nobody's Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원)

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원)

In Another Country (다른 나라에서)

In Another Country (다른 나라에서)

 

The Day He Arrives (북촌 방향)

The Day He Arrives (북촌 방향)

Oki's Movie (옥희의 영화)

Oki’s Movie (옥희의 영화)

Ha Ha Ha (하하하)

Ha Ha Ha (하하하)

Like You Know It All (잘 알지도 못하면서)

Like You Know It All (잘 알지도 못하면서)

Visitors: Lost in the Mountains (어떤 방문)

Visitors: Lost in the Mountains (어떤 방문)

Night and Day (밤과 낮)

Night and Day (밤과 낮)

Woman on the Beach (해변의 여인)

Woman on the Beach (해변의 여인)

Tale of Cinema (극장전)

Tale of Cinema (극장전)

Woman is the Future of Man (여자는 남자의 미래다)

Woman is the Future of Man (여자는 남자의 미래다)

On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (생활의 발견)

On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (생활의 발견)

Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (오! 수정)

Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (오! 수정)

The Power of Kangwon Province (강원도의 힘)

The Power of Kangwon Province (강원도의 힘)

The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (돼지가 우물에 빠진 날)

The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (돼지가 우물에 빠진 날)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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