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Oki's Movie (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Hong Sang Soo (Director) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Jung Yu Mi (Actor)
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Oki's Movie (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)

Customer Review of "Oki's Movie (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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April 16, 2014

1 people found this review helpful

Shadows of doubt, the measure of contentment? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Oki’s Movie’ is another Sangsoo Hong movie of two student film directors and a film director/professor within a love triangle amidst deep and humorous scrutiny. The movie is in four segments; A Day for Incantation;King of Kisses;After the Snowstorm and Oki’s Movie shown at various angles about the common love problem conundrum, the calm angst and humorous scrutiny cut and mega mixed into Oki’s none linear descriptions. About a married alcoholic film director Jingu (Sun-kyun Lee) and his estranged wife Oki (Yumi Jung), who the latter also happens to be emotionally involved with her elder professor/director Song (Sung-keun Moon). All four segments are introduced with basic credits and part including the main protagonists, although Oki herself (the central observationist) is introduced in the second part. Being about film makers the whole is a blurred reality/cinematic observation of how emotional love (or lack of it) of humans seems like a gentle deception phased with self narcissism and nihilism about love feelings, dating and commitment. But ‘Oki’s Movie’ is also like a celluloid experiment of resolving such indecisive complex measures of reaching satisfactory conclusion of contentment. Oki even measures the two men against each other in a hike walk in section four analysing their age difference and ways, like how long each are in the toilet, how each respond different to a tree and her concerns with Professor Song’s slightly fading barnet.

In the third segment Oki and Jingu met up in a university classroom on a snowy season, both picking Professor Song’s brain on the importance of things in life - Oki – ‘Is love necessary?’ (don’t love anything and you still love something), Jingu - ‘Why can’t people trust each other?’ (Humans aren’t trustworthy but tolerate more and you can trust more), Oki - ‘Am I good person?’ (To somebody), Jingu - ‘Is it shallow to want beautiful girls?’ (what is beautiful?) and Oki ‘Is it good to want an easy life?’ (it doesn’t exist). The text in parenthesis are Songs replies. As standalone these self-absorbed questions are futile, especially as the prof deems himself not wise merely older. And the honesty about such narcissistic concerns is conducive within a blurred focus of surety. But the real concerns of two men are them falling in love with one pretty woman film director - Oki. And her movie of how she wishes to tell about these men in her life and their complex ways and feeling, emotions, sex, hearts...love.
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April 16, 2014

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Walking back to happiness Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Normal relationships (whatever they are) needn’t be crazy like Oki an Co interfered by a myriad of subversive thought interferences; lack of self confidence, mistrust, self deceit, dissatisfaction of falling into a boring norm or a ever changing cyclical social society subject to a demon haunted world. Why relationship problems, especially close loving ones, thrown into disarray by abstract scrutiny? Invasive wave pulses increasing the doubt level about our human/animal state? Oh the conundrums. There’s many difficult ways to view human relationship (or decisive measures made), which can reduce the plentiful natural. Maybe being afraid of not understanding the nature of other people’s lives and upbringing can make the self feel feeble or tragic. Incompatible even. And when in love, what more is there to want to know than that simple ‘feeling’ in relation to left brain mechanics? Film study ‘reality’ about such relations is put under the ‘microscope’ for answers. If unpleasant, ships part and newer docks are sought for love. It’s a gentle cruelty the soul ever wrestling with itself about a one to one bondship, whether it be heartfelt love or sex. Love is more than that of course.

After watching Sang-soos movie the next day on NHK was a programme called ‘Somewhere Street’ about romance in Montparnasse Paris, of youthful students in love at high quarter universities and of one similar love triangle. One man’s romantic muse that love can find you like a bird flies to a tree. Now that was what hit me - The Tree. In ‘Oki’s Movie’ Song’s reaction to Oki’s celluloid need to understand both Jingu and the Prof was one of comparable hikes beside a tree, where Song wished if somehow separated asks Oki to meet him every new years day by a special tree. Oki questions why their relationship should end. Of course for the elder man it’s his age and the limitation of time with Oki compared with the estranged youthful Jingu. The coincidence factor in Sangsoo’s movie is again ironically evident. Jingu at a celebratory dinner for Professor Song asks his mentor about money being the major reason Song quits teaching, angering the prof about foolish rumours. Likewise Jingu at his film showing, a young audience girl asks Jingu a question about his hurtful breakup with Oki, which angers him about...a rumour. The more a relationship lends to irrationality it falls into negative self doubt to reduce an individual into isolated vacillation. DVD is region ALL.
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