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Joong Rae (Kim Seung Woo) goes on a road trip to the west coast with his friend Chang Wook (Kim Tae Woo) and Chang Wook's girlfriend Moon Sook (Ko Hyun Jung). In the beautiful beach setting of Shinduri, Joong Rae and Moon Suk find themselves attracted to each other and spend a passionate night together. But where does life go the morning after?

One of the most eclectic directors in Korea, for the last ten years Hong Sang Soo has been redefining the idea of arthouse. Ever since his 1996 debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well, Hong has brilliantly explored the hypocrisy and everyday life of the planet's most mysterious creatures: men. Following 2005's introspective Tale of Cinema, Hong's latest film Woman on the Beach may be his most accessible to date. Starring Ko Hyun Jung (Spring Days), Kim Seung Woo (Hotelier), and Kim Tae Woo (Woman is the Future of Man), Woman on the Beach is more than a road movie or a romance drama, it's a Hong Sang Soo film.

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Product Title: Woman on the Beach 沙灘上的女人 (韓國版) 沙滩上的女人 (韩国版) 浜辺の女 DVD (韓国版) 해변의 여인
Artist Name(s): Kim Seung Woo | Ko Hyun Jung | Hong Sang Soo | Kim Tae Woo 金承佑 | 高賢廷 | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 金承佑 | 高贤廷 | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 キム・スンウ | コ・ヒョンジョン | ホン・サンス | キム・テウ 김 승우 | 고 현정 | 홍상수 | 김태우
Release Date: 2006-11-06
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?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004515355

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
* Extras :
- 메이킹
- 음악감독 인터뷰
- 촬영감독 인터뷰
- 포스터 촬영
- 예고편

* Director : 홍상수

봄, 설레는 만남의 시작

200년에 한 번 꼴로 돌아온다는 쌍춘년 (음력상 입춘이 두 번 돌아오는 해) 봄을 배경으로 하는 <해변의 여인>은 시작부터 봄과의 운명적인 인연을 가지고 시작된 작품이다.

2005년 5월, 각기 <극장전>과 <달콤한 인생>으로 깐느 국제영화제에 참가한 홍상수 감독과 영화사 봄 오정완 대표는 함께 영화를 만들기로 한다. 오래 전부터 봄날의 햇빛과 기운들 그리고 사람들의 새로운 만남에 대한 영화를 만들고 싶다고 생각하던 홍상수 감독과 영화사 봄이 함께 영화를 만들기로 한 1년여 후. 드디어 <해변의 여인>은 봄의 시작과 끝을 영화 속에 담았다.

봄기운을 가득 영화 속에 불어 넣어 보석 같은 영화를 만들고 싶다는 홍상수 감독과 영화사 봄, 이들의 만남이 어떤 영화를 만들어 냈는지 설레는 마음으로 기대해본다.

여행을 통한 배우들의 일탈과 재발견

김승우, 고현정, 송선미, 김태우. 각기 다른 개성과 이미지로 관객들의 사랑을 받아온 네 배우가 만나 영화 <해변의 여인>을 통해 일상 탈출을 꿈꾼다.

<해변의 여인>의 캐스팅은 네 배우 모두 시나리오도 없는 상태에서 전격 출연을 결정하여 화제를 불러일으켰다. 각기 다른 사고 방식을 지닌 30대 남녀가 바다로 여행을 떠나면서 시작되는 <해변의 여인>에서 배우들은 촬영 내내 몸도 마음도 가볍게 훌쩍 여행을 떠나는 기분으로 임했다.

네 배우들의 이번 여행은 매우 특별했다. 김승우에게는 쉬지 않고 달려온 연기 인생을 반추해 볼 재충전 여행, 고현정에게는 모든 게 낯설기만 하나 설레는 첫 스크린 여행, 송선미에게는 결혼이라는 인생의 전환점을 앞두고 떠난 마지막 여행, 이번이 감독과의 두 번 째 작업인 김태우에게는 지난 기억이 아련한 반복 여행. 이렇게 하나의 영화를 만드는 과정이 각자에게 다른 의미로 다가왔을 이번 여행을 통해 네 배우들이 과연 스스로에게서 어떤 모습을 새롭게 발견했는지 매우 기대된다.

동상이몽 하룻밤 로맨스, 그래서 그 후가 궁금하다!

대한민국 20, 30대의 남녀3명 중 1명은 여행지 같은 낯선 환경에서 원나잇 스탠드에 대한 충동을 느끼고, 실제로 원나잇 스탠드를 경험해 보았다고 한다. 영화 <해변의 여인>에서 여행을 떠난 남녀가 경험하게 되는 것은 얽히고 설킨 하룻밤의 로맨스이다.

영화 <해변의 여인>은 하룻밤 로맨스에서 그치지 않고 그 이후, 수수께끼 같은 남녀의 동상이몽(同床異夢) 심리에 관해 이야기한다. 쿨 하게 헤어질까, 연락하고 지내자 할까, 생각해 보고 연락한다고 할까, 연애로 갈 수 있지 않을까, 각양각색의 생각이 오가는 가운데, 그 결과는 본인들도 예측하기 힘들다. 하룻밤 로맨스, 경험으로 끝날까? 연애로 발전할 수 있을까?

홍상수 감독 데뷔 10주년, 그를 지지하는 사람들의 의기투합

홍상수 감독의 데뷔 10주년을 기념하기 위해 <해변의 여인>에 최고의 캐스트와 제작진이 뭉쳤다. 감독과 처음 일해보는 고현정, 김승우, 송선미는 감독의 팬임을 자청하면서 시나리오도 보지 않고 캐스팅에 응했고, 정찬도 특별 출연을 자청하며 합류했다. 또한 여러 차례 감독과 함께 작업하며 특별한 우정을 쌓아왔던 김태우, 이기우, 문성근 등이 조연 및 특별 출연으로 돈독한 관계를 입증시켜 주었다. 그리고 이미 두 작품 이상을 함께 한 김형구 촬영 감독, 안상호 동시녹음기사, 함성원 편집기사, 정용진 음악감독까지 이번 작품에 의기투합해 홍상수 감독에 대한 신뢰를 확인시켜주었다.

하룻밤 로맨스, 일단 저지르다!

여행길에 만나 첫눈에 반한 두 남녀, 중래와 문숙.
밀고 당기기? 그런 건 초보들이나 하는 짓!
곁에 있는 애인 걱정? 골키퍼 있다고 골 안 들어가나?
속전속결, 서로의 마음 확인했으니 일단 돌입!

알고 보니 동. 상. 이. 몽?

문숙; 고현정
어젯밤까지는 척하면 척 맞는 궁합을 자랑하던 그가, 갑자기 뚱하게 생각 좀 해보겠다며 한 발짝 물러선다. 황당하다. 이 남자 애인 할까 생각 중인데…

중래; 김승우
키도 크고 얼굴도 예쁜데다 성격까지 시원한 그녀에게 반해 하룻밤을 보냈는데, 아침이 되니 덜컥 겁이 난다. 그런데, 왠지 또 다른 여자가 예뻐 보이고. 오늘 밤, 어쩌지?

과연 이 남자, 이 여자의 하룻밤 로맨스, 경험으로 끝날까? 연애로 발전할 수 있을까?
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September 19, 2006

Kim Joong-rae is working on the script for his next film and he feels that a trip to the quiet seaside will help him clear his head and help him overcome his writer's block. He invites along his friend Chang-wook, a production designer, who would do anything for his friend. The problem is Chang-wook already has plans with his 'girlfriend' Moon-sook. Joong-rae tells Chang-wook to invite her along and is almost immediately enamored with Moon-sook complimenting her in front of Chang-wook or taking her aside and telling her of his attraction.

His vocation and status as a director is clearly an attraction for Moon-sook and she accepts his advances and they evade Chang-wook and spend the night in an empty hotel room. Joong-rae's attitude is different in the morning and he begins to push Moon-sook away. No sooner have they left the resort and Joong-rae has returned, calling Moon-sook and inviting her to join him. When she declines his offer he connects with another woman staying at the resort, repeating the cycle again.

Hong Sang-soo's screenplay explores the human desire for something that you cannot have and the incapability to deal with it once you have it. It's a unique human response to getting what you want when in the back of your mind you don't think you deserve it. And the tragic aspect of this emotional urging is that once you've had it, you push it away and no longer wish to have anything to do with the other person, only to want it again. We watch Joong-rae enter this hapless cycle over and over again. He searches for a love that he should not have and every time watch him push it away after an evening of physical conquest. And when the target of his affection is really gone, he looks for that forbidden love once again, sometimes with the same person.

Hong Sang-soo's camera work is as calming as its surroundings, only making use of pans and zooms to really isolate key emotional moments for our characters. Sometimes Hong's direction will go far as cutting out other characters sitting at the same table to further emphasize the emotional responses of those in the shot. It's brilliantly executed, especially when he pulls back to add another character. It just emphasizes the emotional punch of the scene once the conversations are over or continue. Hong also inputs an allegorical side story of a couple and their dog. Moon-sook is immediately drawn to the young pup (only a few months old) but the couple, now out of love with their dog, abandons it on the road.

I have had no prior experience with a Hong Sang-soo film so I cannot speak on how this compares or adds to his anthology of work (Tale of Cinema, Woman is the Future of Man and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors). It's hard to watch love evolve so tragically and even sadder to watch Joong-rae reach no resolution despite his pleas for help to some higher power and his confession to Moon-sook the morning after their encounter. Still, it is a beautiful film and may be worth your while.

Sadly the extras on the disc aren't subtitled so unless you know Korean you won't know what is being said during the production diary, photo shoot, interviews, and three trailers, which make the film feel more like a romantic comedy.

by Mack - Twitchfilm.net

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
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April 26, 2008

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People behaving badly Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Woman on the Beach" is the third film I've seen from director Hong Sang Soo; it is by far the most story-driven of the three. It is a smoothly directed, nicely lensed, and well-acted film about a group of selfish people behaving badly in the pursuit of shallow relationships they call "love". The characters cheat on each other, lie, hop into bed before the really know each other, and, unsurprisingly, end up lonely and hurt. Perhaps this film should serve as a primer on how not to behave!
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Hong has a sense of humor Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Watched it at the Toronto Film Fest. The director Hong Sang Soo definitely has a good sense of humor on the relationship between men and women, and yet the ugliness of it was revealed in its bare bone. Funny and so real.
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