Hill of Freedom

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Film info

Director: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Ryo Kase, Moon So-ri, Seo Young-hwa
Cert TBC, 67mins, 2019

Awards

Orizzonti
Venice Int. Film Festival 2014

Masters
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Dragons and Tigers
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Official Selection
BFI Int. Film Festival

Kwon works as a language tutor at a school who stops by her old workplace and picks a thick envelope containing a number of undelivered letters addressed to her. Two years previous Kwon was involved with a Japanese instructor she worked with named Mori who declared his love for her and proposed. Undecided about how she felt, Kwon turned him down. Defeated Mori immediately returned to Japan and at some point he returned to Korea looking to win Kwon’s heart. The letters enclosed in the envelope are from Mori while he was searching all over Seoul for his love. Kwon reads the first letter in the lobby but she grows faint walking down the stairs and accidentally scatters the letters. Collecting them she discovers that none of the letters are dated so cannot place them in the correct order. Will not knowing when each of the letters was written change the significance of what they say?

Hong Sang-soo, the master of subtlety and the everyday, returns with this sweetly, sentimental story of the remembrance of a past relationship. Told through a narrative that weaves in and out of the past and present the director rejoins with actress Moon So- ri (Hahaha) and Seo Young-hwa (Oki’s Movie) and first time Kase Ryo (Letters From Iwo Jima)

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