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The Power Of Kangwon Province Remastered Version
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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 Remastered Version The Power Of Kangwon Province Remastered Version The Power Of Kangwon Province Remastered Version 江原道の力 (The Power Of Kangwon Province) (リマスター版)(韓国版) 강원도의 힘 보정판
Artist Name(s): Baek Jong Hak | Oh Yun Hong | Jeon Jae Hyun | Park Hyun Young | Hong Sang Soo 裴宗學 | 吳允香 | Jeon Jae Hyun | Park Hyun Young | 洪尚秀 裴宗学 | 吳允香 | 金在显 | Park Hyun Young | 洪尚秀 ペ・ジョンハク | Oh Yun Hong | チョン・ジェヒョン | Park Hyun Young | ホン・サンス 백 종학 | 오 윤흥 | 전 재현 | 박 현영 | 홍상수
Release Date: 2005-11-03
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
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: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Spectrum DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004088118

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras : 예고편

* Director : 홍상수

- “일상과 일탈의 미학” 세계가 사랑하는 한국의 작가주의 감독 홍상수 감독의 두 번째 연출작!
- 부산 영화제 넷팩상 수상
- 내면적으로 닫혀 있는 인물 군상의 만남과 헤어짐을 그린 작품

30대 초반의 대학강사 상권. 그는 유부남이지만 자신의 강의를 듣은 지숙과 사랑에 빠져 있었다. 그리고, 현실을 극복하지 못하고 둘은 헤어지고 만다.
이별의 상처를 안고 지숙과 상권은 같은 시간, 각기 다른 일행과 함께 강원도를 찾는다.

[지숙의 강원도] 우연히 과외비, 용동이 생긴 말 친구 은경과 미선을 부추겨 강릉행 야간열차를 탄다. 강릉역, 오색 약수터, 낙산 바닷가,낙산사의 그들. 그날밤, 민박을 안내해준 낯선 남자, 경찰관과
술에 취한다. "어떤 사람이 떨어졌대. 본 사람은 없고 비명소리만 들렸대." 경찰관이 조난인지 살인인지 알 수 없는 사건을 말한다.서울로 돌아온 지숙, 가끔 기분이 그런 날 밤이면 그에게 전화를 걸고 그를 만나기 위해 처음으로 혼자 여행을 떠난다.

[상권의 강원도] 교수 임용 청탁을 위해 찾아간 교수의 집, 상권은 조니 워커블루를 내밀고 돌아선다. 상권보다 먼저 교수가 된 후배 재완.그의 제안으로 둘은 열차를 타고 강릉으로 향한다. "그 친구랑 여기도 왔었다. 해변도 거닐고 그 왜 있잖아 애들처럼 우리끼리 결혼식도 했다."지숙과 함께 했던 강원도 여행을 아무렇지도 않게 회상하는 상권. 서울 늦은 밤 인사동. 드디어 교수에 임용된 상권은 늦은 밤 지숙을 불러낸다. 오랜 이별 끝의 재회. 둘은 여관에 있다.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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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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