Tale of Cinema (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Tale of Cinema 2005

Geuk jang jeon

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Korean Hong Sang-soo (Turning Gate, The Virgin Stripped Bare…) continues his distinctly personal brand of filmmaking with this wry story about sex, lies and cinematic one-upmanship.

France / Korea In Korean with English subtitles
90 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Kim Hyung-koo

Editor

Ham Sung-won

Music

Jeong Yong-jin

With

Um Ji-won
,
Lee Ki-woo
,
Kim Sang-kyung

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition)
,
New York, Vancouver
,
London 2005

Elsewhere

“Hong Sang-soo (Turning Gate, The Virgin Stripped Bare…) continues his distinctly personal brand of filmmaking with this wry story about sex, lies, and cinematic one-upmanship. The less successful of two film-school graduates is hung up on the notion that the other, more flourishing classmate had stolen elements of his life to make his first movie. As art and life keep twisting in a Moebius strip, the male psyche, South Korean version, is bared with detached amusement in all its doggedness, uncertainty, and will to power. The film has a fresh, New Wave physical charm, with Seoul standing in for Paris; a daring structural playfulness; and an audacious fidelity to the perverse, self-defeating impulses of human character.” — New York Film Festival 

Hong is uniquely adept at doubling back on a narrative, depicting the same events twice within a film to make shrewd and piquant use of different points of view. It scarcely seems accidental that the central character in this, his most trenchant and boldly bifocal account of male vanities, is a filmmaker.