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Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors
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The late Lee Eun Joo, who went on to appear in such films as Bungee Jumping Of Their Own and Taegukgi, gives a wonderfully compelling performance in this unconventionally told romance. Filmmaker Hong Sang Soo, director of The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well and The Power Of Kangwon Province, follows up those two highly acclaimed films with the provocatively titled, Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors. Shot in beautiful black and white, the film centers on Soo Jung (Lee Eun Joo), a twenty-four-year-old cable television writer and assistant at a small video company. As the story develops, Soo Jung finds herself being pursued by both her boss, Young Soo (Moon Sung Keun, from Princess Aurora), and his friend/ benefactor, the wealthy socialite Jae Hoon (Jung Bo Seok, from Don't Tell Papa and Everybody Has Secrets).

As Jae Hoon begins to pursue a relationship with Soo Jung, the two begin to have decidedly different perspectives on how their relationship is developing, as each character is given a chance to narrate events from their own point of view. What really happened between them? As Soo Jung's and Jae Hoon's memories begin to conflict, viewers will begin to wonder where the truth lies. Perhaps answers will be given in the film's final segment, in which both Soo Jong and Jae Hoon narrate together! As the winner of Best Screenplay at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Special Mention at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors is a bittersweet look at how memories are constructed, relationships develop, and innocence is lost!

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Product Title: Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors 等待的日子 等待的日子 秘花~スジョンの愛~ (DVD) (韓国版) 오! 수정 보정판
Artist Name(s): Lee Eun Joo | Jung Bo Suk | Hong Sang Soo 李恩宙 | 鄭普碩 | 洪尚秀 李恩宙 | 郑普硕 | 洪尚秀 イ・ウンジュ | チョン・ボソク | ホン・サンス 이 은주 | 정보석 | 홍상수
Release Date: 2005-09-30
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 127 (mins)
Publisher: Spectrum DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004073168

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
- 메이킹
- 제작 뒷 이야기
- 예고편

* Director : 홍상수

세계가 사랑하는 한국의 작가주의 감독 홍상수 초기작 [오! 수정]

- 고 이은주의 스크린 데뷔작
- 칸느 영화제 주목할 시선 부문 초청작, 도쿄영화제 심사위원 특별상

구성작가인 수정과 PD인 영수는 영화를 제작하는데 도움을 받고자 후배 재훈의 미술전을 찾는다. 재훈은 수정에게 관심을 보이고 사귀고 싶다고 고백한다. 처음에는 거절했던 수정도 순수하고 진지한 재훈의 태도에 점차 마음이 열리고 둘 사이는 점점 가까워진다. 재훈은 수정이 처녀임을 알고 감격하지만 섹스만큼은 수정이 호락호락하지 않다. 재훈은 호텔에서 함께 만날 것을 어렵게 제안한다. 재훈은 호텔에서 수정을 애타게 기다리고, 수정은 거리를 배회하며 호텔로 가야할지 힘겨운 고민을 한다.
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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

This customer review refers to Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (DVD) (US Version)
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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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