Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (image 1)

Hong Sang-soo’s latest is an offbeat comedy about an affair between a young student and her married professor.

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon 2013

Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

With his unfaltering production schedule delivering a new film every NZIFF season, the prolific Hong Sang-soo continues to charm and delight audiences hip to his perceptive but ever-cynical take on modern relationships.

Korea In English and Korean with English subtitles
90 minutes DCP

Director, Screenplay

Producer

Kim Kyoung-hee

Photography

Kim Hyung-koo
,
Park Hong-yeol

Editors

Hahm Sung-won
,
Son Yeon-ji

Production designer

Kim Jin-young

Sound

Kim Yong-joo

Music

Jeong Yong-jin

With

Jeong Eun-chae (Haewon)
,
Lee Sun-kyun (Seong-jun)
,
Kim Eui-sung (Jung-won)
,
Kim Ja-ok (Jin-ju)
,
Yu Jun-sang (Jung-shik)
,
Ye Ji-won (Yeon-ju)
,
Jane Birkin (herself)

Festivals

Berlin 2013

Elsewhere

With his unfaltering production schedule delivering a new film every NZIFF season, the prolific Hong Sang-soo continues to charm and delight audiences hip to his perceptive but ever-cynical take on modern relationships. His latest takes a rare (for Hong) female perspective. Aspiring actress Haewon wants to end her secretive on-off relationship with her married professor, but when her mother impulsively decides to emmigrate to Canada, a depressed Haewon seeks comfort. An afternoon date that drifts into a drinking session turns disastrous when soju-loosened lips reveal too much. Hong punctuates the film with a series of playful and self-reflexive dream sequences, including an amusingly gushy encounter with French actress/singer Jane Birkin. — Michael McDonnell

“Laced with the South Korean director’s barbed wit about male foibles, the eponymous heroine exudes a purity and vulnerability rare in Hong’s gallery of vain and blasé intellectuals.” — Maggie Lee, Variety