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Woman is The Future of Man
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)
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Woman is The Future of Man puts Korea's cinema back on track!

Hong Sang Soo's explicit tapestry of human emotions and behaviour is at its best again in this tale about two long-time friends who have had an affair with the same woman. Hon Jun (Kim Tae Woo) makes his own movies, while Mun Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) has picked up an educational job as arts teacher. By chance the two friends meet again talking about old times and come across the topic of their shared past love Son Hwa (Sung Hyun Ah). As a result, they decide to meet Son Hwa together one more time...

Portraying real-as-life characters with very natural human traits in a movie void of any commercial Hollywood action and glamour, Hong Sang Soo's latest work turns into another success for contemporary Korean avant-garde cinema. Top actor Yoo Ji Tae received double nominations at the Cannes Film Festival for Woman is The Future of Man and Old Boy. For Woman is The Future of Man, he shunned no efforts to gain over 20 pounds to fit into his assigned role.

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Product Title: Woman is The Future of Man Woman is The Future of Man (韓國版) Woman is The Future of Man (韩国版) 女は男の未来だ(韓国版) 여자는 남자의 미래다 1 디스크 일반판
Artist Name(s): Yoo Ji Tae | Sung Hyun Ah | Hong Sang Soo | Kim Tae Woo 劉 智太 | 成賢荷 | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 刘智太 | Sung Hyun Ah | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 ユ・ジテ | ソン・ヒョナ | ホン・サンス | キム・テウ 유 지태 | 성 현아 | 홍상수 | 김태우
Release Date: 2006-12-20
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?
Publisher: HB Entertainment Korea
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004589780

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras : 메이킹 다큐멘터리, 주연배우 인터뷰, 예고편, 포토갤러리

* Director : 홍상수

7년 전, 두 남자와 ‘선화’는 이런 관계였다……
선화(성현아)는 헌준(김태우)의 연인이었고, 문호(유지태)는 헌준의 후배였다. 우연한 사건으로 인해 선화에 대한 마음이 소원해진 헌준은 미국으로 유학을 떠나게 되고….선배의 연인인 선화를 짝사랑해온 문호는 헌준의 유학을 계기로 그녀와 연인이 된다. 그러나 결국 문호도 선화와 헤어지게 되고, 세 남녀는 연락이 끊긴 채 각자의 삶을 살아갔다……

7년 후,“우리의 선화는 지금쯤 뭐하고 있을까?......”오랜만에 만난 대학 선후배 문호와 헌준. 선배인 헌준은 유학을 다녀 온 예비 영화 감독이 되었고, 후배인 문호는 아름다운 부인과 딸을 둔 서울 유명 대학 강사가 되었다. 두 남자는 동네 중국집에서 낮술을 마시며 무료한 시간을 보내던 중, “우리의 선화는 지금쯤 뭐하고 있을까?......”낮술에 힘을 얻은 두 남자는 그래도 선화가 반겨줄 거라는 기대감과 내심 불안감을 갖고 선화를 만나기 위해 부천으로 떠나는데….
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (3)

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January 19, 2007

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Kooky Character Study Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This is one of a few Hong Sang-soo films I have got around to seeing of late and probably isn't the ideal film to begin with, due to a more seeming ambivalent script than to Hong's other movies. It can be somewhat confusing with scenes that are fractured and disjointed (reflecting the three characters here) and it does have a sudden abrupt end that indicates no finalization seems possible with the nature of their lives - none of the 3 characters seem to know where their goal posts are. The story is taking place in a 30 hour time frame, although told at various points and angles and hinged by intricate character dialogue concerning mainly sexual ambivalence with the 3 main protagonists. In fact this film's script seems so precise that you feel the need to take in all facets of the conversations to understand them, yet - ironically - all 3 people seem so out of kilter that precision and order is the last thing you would expect with them. Yu-Ji Tae's character as a university art lecturer has a bad memory, for instance.

The film is certainly built around the themes of irony (and very humorous at times) and certainly a study of student type relationships. Contradictions are a plenty in this! The two male leads also behave as if they are still routed in their student days themselves. I liked the bit about a waitress in a Chinese restaurant at the beginning getting asked by Kim Tae-woo, whose character studied film making in the U.S., to be an actress and later (symmetrical style) Yu Ji-tae asking her to be a nude artist's model, which I found reflected the actual talents of Sung Hyan Ah who plays Seonha in this film - who is an actress and a model in real life).

Still, I'm no intellectual or Hong expert. But, if you are familiar with Hong films this could be worth a visit (and plenty of re-visits afterwards to get more out of it!) but if not, try another of his movies like "Turning Gate" or "Virgin Stripped Bear ..." first.

One last thing, this DVD is an ALL region and not just a 3 as advertised according to my copy.
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August 23, 2004

This customer review refers to Woman is The Future of Man Limited Edition
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Incomplete Experience Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
While I enjoy alternative narration styles (i.e., lazy story lines, time shifts, etc.), they must be done in such a way that you do not lose the audience or the story line. I enjoyed the slow pace, and followed the time shifts in this wonderfully acted movie; however, I was left unfulfilled once all was over. This movie does not seem to have a Beginning or an End. Only a Middle... We were abruptly thrown into the story of two reunited friends while they reminisce about a young woman both had some relationship with. They find her, and do some more reminiscing and talking through a very somber tone of loneliness. Some more things lazily happen, and the BOOM... credits roll. None of the issues/problems/feelings raised were resolved. We were left wondering what the point was (although through the film, we had our own ideas of what was wrong/right with the situation). It is a decent viewing if you just need another K-movie to pop in the region-free player, but I would stay away if you are not an addict like myself. (Also, seems to feel somewhat like "lost in translation", only with much less resolution or meaning.)
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August 3, 2004

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Excellent Film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Actor Yoo Ji Tae was really lucky this year. Two of his films were nominated at Festival De Cannes 2004 including this film. Director Hong Sang Su did an excellent job on telling the stories of these characters. Acting was excellent, hard to judge which actor was best in here, they were all great. This limited edition comes with a soundtrack (released for the first time) is absolutely amazing. It's very different from other Korean movie soundtracks. It's very thoughtfully composed, which gives it's film a very unique feeling. This was my first time seeing Hong Sang Su's movie. Now I am going to buy all of his movies.
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