Thursday, May 15, 2014

What's in a Zoom? - The films of Hong Sang-soo

Truth through zooming

Jung Eun-chae and Lee Sunk-yun in Nobody's Daughter Haewon
Until late 2013, the films of South Korean director Hong Sang-soo were almost entirely unavailable in the UK & Ireland, with his work only procurable through DVD imports, downloads and film festival screenings. This regrettable situation was partially rectified with the theatrical and DVD release of Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Sang-soo’s fourteenth feature. For some Irish viewers - this writer included - it was perhaps a first encounter with the filmography of this most idiosyncratic of contemporary directors.