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The Power of Kangwon Province
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Acclaimed filmmaker Hong Sang Soo follows up his 1996 directorial debut The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well with The Power Of Kangwon Province, a film that follows the separate stories of a man and a woman who have only recently decided to end their affair. The first half of the film follows the travels of three young girls: Ji Sook (Oh Yun Hong, from Love Is A Crazy Thing and Green Chair), Mi Sun (Im Sun Young) and Eun Kyoung (Park Hyun Young), as they take a trip to the mountainous Kangwon Province in eastern South Korea. During their journey, they encounter a young police officer (Kim Yoo Suk, from Possible Changes and The Isle) who serves as a kind of tour guide for the young women.

After a night of heavy drinking together, the already married policeman spends the night with Ji Sook. But as it turns out, Ji Sook has experience with this sort of situation, as she has just broken off her affair with another married man, a decision that has left her lonely and upset. The film's second half focuses on Sang Kwon (Baek Jong Hak, from Memento Mori and A Moment To Remember), the married university professor formerly attached to Ji Sook. It seems that Sang Kwon has also decided to visit Kangwon Province, but the two former lovers narrowly miss one another during their travels. Both of them, however, do end up getting involved with a terrible tragedy, one that might change both of them forever! Can Ji Sook and Sang Kwon's relationship be repaired? Or will they end up leaving the mountains of Kangwon Province unhappier than ever before?

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Product Title: The Power of Kangwon Province 不覊的情人 不覊的情人 The Power of Kangwon Province (江原道の力) 강원도의 힘
Artist Name(s): Baek Jong Hak | Oh Yun Hong | Jeon Jae Hyun | Park Hyun Young | Kim Yoo Seok | Hong Sang Soo 裴宗學 | 吳允香 | Jeon Jae Hyun | Park Hyun Young | 金佑錫 | 洪尚秀 裴宗学 | 吳允香 | 金在显 | Park Hyun Young | 金佑锡 | 洪尚秀 ペ・ジョンハク | Oh Yun Hong | チョン・ジェヒョン | Park Hyun Young | キム・ユソク | ホン・サンス 백 종학 | 오 윤흥 | 전 재현 | 박 현영 | 김 유석 | 홍상수
Director: Hong Sang Soo 洪尚秀 洪尚秀 ホン・サンス 홍상수
Release Date: 2001-11-10
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.: 1001818495

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 18, 2011

This customer review refers to The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version)
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Don't blame it on Kangwon Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
One could characterize "The Power of Kangwon Province" as the prototypical Hong Sang Soo movie; its story features his usual themes of empty sex and alienation and is told in his customary glancing, elliptical style. The film is told in two intersecting parts, the first follows three female friends who spend a brief holiday at a seaside town in mountainous Kangwon Province. The women meet a helpful policeman (Kim Soo Suk) and one of them, Ji Sook (Ou Yun Hong), strikes up an intimate relationship with him, although he has acknowledged that he is married. The film's second part shows two male buddies on a trip to the same resort town. The men hike in the mountains, then dally with hookers. One of them, serial adulterer Sang Kwon (Baek Jong Hak), appears almost inadvertently to be responsible for the death of a woman he meets at the resort. Later we learn that Ji Sook and Sang Kwon had had an adulterous relationship. When Sang Kwon returns to the city they meet again.

The story is told in a naturalistic, matter-of-fact style which heightens the discomfort of seeing these characters behave so badly. The movie even includes an apparent murder for which one of its central characters seems partly responsible, but the dramatic impact of that event intentionally is undercut by the film's flat off-handed style. The death is just one more unintended consequence of Sang Kwon's recklessness. The film concludes with an image which poetically captures the empty, aimless existence into which these characters, by their 'mistakes', have trapped themselves. The wonder (or perhaps the horror) of director Hong Sang Soo's filmmaking is that he makes these warped lives seem so normal.
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