Woman on the Beach (Dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2006)

From June 19-25, Woman on the Beach will be available to stream

via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive

50% of all revenue. Click here to rent.

 

If you'd like to offer additional support, you can make a tax

deductible donation to Acropolis by clicking here​.

 

New 4k restoration from the original 35mm negative!

 

Filmmaker Joong-rae, suffering from writer’s block, takes a trip to the coast with his production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious Moon-sook. Soon after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae’s advances; however, the fickle hero can’t commit and he awkwardly parts with her. What had been a sardonic Jules and Jim turns into a burlesque Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort and attempts to recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles Moon-sook, until his jilted lover shows up…

*Note: Hong Sangsoo’s short film Lost in the Mountains (2009, 31 minutes) is available to watch for free when you purchase a virtual ticket for Woman on the Beach during its opening weekend (June 19 – 21). Your confirmation email will include a watch link to activate.

**Also: Beginning June 19, Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk will be particIpating in a discussion on the films of Hong Sangsoo at Grasshopper's new streaming site Projectr. Visit the Woman on the Beach page to submit a question.

 

A cinematic tightrope artist: [Hong] is a director whose films walk the fine line between the heaven and hell of the quotidian.

Chris Chang, Film Comment

An immaculately constructed movie. A rueful tale of karmic irony, self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen abandonment.

J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

A bittersweet accounting of the geography of desire... Wry and tender and delicately melancholic... shows a newly confident filmmaker again working near the top of his form.

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama. Perhaps the greatest achievement lies in its rhythms, the way it beautifully captures the natural flow of ongoing conversation.

Todd McCarthy, Variety

Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt, but writer-director Hong Sang-soo — South Korea's foremost chronicler of romantic maneuvering — is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his subtle comedy.

J.R. Jones, The Chicago Reader

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