The Power of Kangwon Province (35mm) + Introduction by Simon Ward

Power Kwangwondo 1

UK Premiere

Film info

Director: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Baik Jong-hak, Oh Yoon-hong, Kim Yu-seok
Cert 18, 108mins, 1998

Hong’s second feature foreshadowed his ongoing characteristically complex, allusive and minimalist exploration of the perceptive gap between men and women. Jisook (Oh Yoon-hong), on a brief holiday in Kangwon with her girlfriends, has a fling with a married cop. Focus then shifts to a seemingly unconnected married professor Sangkwon (Baik Jong-hak), also visiting Kangwon with a friend. Gradually we realise the pair have a shared history which haunts both of them for different reasons. As Sangkwon moves through Jisook’s Kangwon, the film acts as a kind of palimpsest, gradually revealing the power these two ex-lovers continue to have over each other’s lives. A masterful, moving and audaciously structured exploration of subjectivity, memory and how men and women are perhaps at their most similar in their mutual inability to understand each other.

Regent Street Cinema, 08 Nov 2018 6:30 pm

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