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Soojung is a writer and assistant at a production company. While visiting local gallery with Youngsu, the producer and Soojung's boss, they happen to meet Jaehoon who is welthy and his former classmate. They are beginning an odd love triangle and Jaehoon gives pressure to have sex with her but she continues to put him off as his pleading grows ever more instant. Despite this simple storyline, however, the film's plot evolves into much more of a tangle with the conflicting memories of Soojung and Jaehoon leaving viewer with little sure ground to stand on. The Film stars Lee Eunju, Moon Sungkeun and Jung Boseok who all excell in capturing the isolation felt by their characters.
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Product Title: O! SooJung aka: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors O! SooJung aka: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors O! SooJung aka: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors 秘花~スジョンの愛~ (DVD) (韓国版) 오!수정
Artist Name(s): Moon Sung Keun | Lee Eun Joo | Jung Bo Suk | Hong Sang Soo 文盛瑾 | 李恩宙 | 鄭普碩 | 洪尚秀 文盛瑾 | 李恩宙 | 郑普硕 | 洪尚秀 ムン・ソングン | イ・ウンジュ | チョン・ボソク | ホン・サンス 문 성근 | 이 은주 | 정보석 | 홍상수
Release Date: 2001-03-29
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Spectrum DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001808560

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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February 22, 2013

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Eun-Joo – always missed Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Sang-hoo Hong’s “Oh! Soo-Jung” as been the only Eun-joo Lee movie I hadn’t seen on DVD, albeit having a copy for a while now. I decide I’d keep one Eun-joo DVD movie I hadn’t seen for another day. Well last night mindful of the late Eun-joo’s passing, I rummaged through my collection of Eun-joo films and decide to watch “Oh! Soo-Jung”. Having seen other Mr Hong movies, I did expect “Virgin Stripped…” to be a stark and cynically oblique multifaceted place – of happily drunken disillusioned people, truth ‘n’ lies, threaded coincidence inside an art house/kitchen sink world. Mostly though it’s a monochrome world of the plight of men’s sexually frustrated passions upon the virginal, within inverted social structure of working to earn a decent crust and express artistic passion. Eun-joo as scriptwriter SooJung, is the main somber immersion and focus of the passionately needful, sexually frustrated men in her life. Young-soo, a drunken film artist, Jae-hoon a besotted gallery owner and SooJung’s sexually remote brother. Set in secluded black and white, the ‘drama’ discourages by the character’s erratic and sleepily subdued ambience, casual and painful sexual imposition, impetus reactions and controlling relationship interactions in a fractured man’s world. Characters confused but firm, always steered to a remote innate weakness to…sexual frustration.

As “Oh! Soo-Jung” has nudity, sex and a masturbation scene it’s poignant Eun-joo’s insomnia came from her nudity worries in “The Scarlet Letter” (although I’d read it was the claustrophobic car boot scene Eun-joo found most disturbing). No doubt “Oh! Soo-Jung” is good, complex and controversial but difficult to fully grasp (like deciphering flung out Tarot cards from several different packs). It makes you think though. Like epilogue title ‘Naught Shall Go Ill When you find Your Mare’ suggested to me if a man finds/loves a woman, All are well? But also made me think of Naught’s NightMare. It’s depressingly stark, emotively complex and split into two part perspectives that mirror memories of both Soo-jung and Jae-hoon’s slow greet and meet and passion play. As one of many fans that love Eun-joo, “Virgin…” made me twinge a bit. Eun-joo chalked up impressive parts in her short career, but she shifted into many difficult roles for the psyche. I wished she’d done a daft comedy to balance her adopted ‘demons’, as like a sponge Eun-joo soaked up much social difficulty. But wonderful Eun-joo is definitely missed.
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February 19, 2008

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Bleak, wintry love story Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors" is a very peculiar viewing experience. The film is shot in black and white, but this is not the glorious black and white of films from the 1940s and 1950s, with the mastery of shades of grey typical of that era. Instead, here the film stock is deliberately overexposed to create a stark world of washed-out white and detail-obscuring black. Moreover, director Hong Sang Soo shunned the use of close-ups, shooting nearly the entire film in the middle distance. The effect of these techniques is to distance the viewer from the film's action by shutting the viewer out of the characters' interior lives.

This distance is furthered by the fractured way in which the film's story is presented. Scenes are presented out of order, then scenes are repeated with slight variations, as the story is told first from the perspective of the male lead, then retold from the perspective of the female lead.

In short, the story is as follows: Soo Jung (the late Lee Eun Joo) works as an assistant to an artist named Young Soo (Moon Sung Keun), who is struggling to make some kind of a movie. (The viewer never is given a glimpse of the movie being made.) There appears to be some kind of romantic involvement between Soo Jung and Young Soo. Jae Hoon (Jung Bo Seok) is Young Soo's friend and the financier of the movie he is making. Jae Hoon quickly becomes attracted to Soo Jung and, on an occasion when Young Soo becomes very drunk, Jae Hoon takes advantage of the opportunity to make his feelings known. We then see the pursuit of the relationship between Jae Hoon and Soo Jung, mostly through a series of Jae Hoon's ham-handed attempts to grope the young woman.

While viewing the film was an intriguing experience, the interest generated by the film is not so much due to the relationship between the characters as it is due to the puzzle-like story. One keeps watching primarily to figure out what the heck is going on. Indeed, at the film's end, the viewer is left feeling that these characters, who profess such strong feelings for each other, still barely know each other.

It is a testimony to the exquisite acting skills of Lee Eun Joo that we come to care very much about her character in this oblique tale. Those who seek a conventional love story will find "Virgin Stripped Bare" to be a frustrating experience. Those who seek more off-beat, elliptical fare may find this film engrossing.
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July 13, 2002

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Original Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was not sure what this movie was about but was pleasantly surprise. It seem like a french new wave film. It is in black and white with excellent acting. This film is another testimonial how extraordinary some of the Korean films are. Very well made. If you like artsy - see it!
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