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Like You Know It All (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Tae Woo (Actor) | Ko Hyun Jung (Actor) | Gong Hyung Jin | Uhm Ji Won (Actor)
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Like You Know It All (DVD) (Korea Version)
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Acclaimed director Hong Sang Soo muses about what he knows best - the emotional, social, and intellectual life of an arthouse filmmaker - in his remarkable ninth feature Like You Know It All. Screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight, Like You Know It All stars Hong Sang Soo regular Kim Tae Woo (Women on the Beach, Woman is the Future of Man) as a critics' darling filmmaker who is often drunk and confused as his work brings him across the country, and into contact with faces from the past. Hong's characteristic episodic narrative and elliptical reflection provide the brooding framework for a bitingly funny send-up of filmmakers, festivals, and the people and places in between. Many top stars show up in supporting roles including Ko Hyun Jung from Women on the Beach and Uhm Ji Won from Tale of Cinema, as well as Kong Hyung Jin, Jung Yoo Mi, Seo Young Hwa, and Ha Jung Woo.

Arthouse filmmaker Ku (Kim Tae Woo) can't seem to direct a hit, but at least the critics love him. He goes to Jecheon to judge the local film festival, but the common practice for jurors is to schmooze by day, drink at night, and sleep through movies. He bumps into an old friend (Kong Hyung Jin) in town and drinks till he passes out, but not before soundly offending his friend's wife (Jung Yoo Mi). After Jecheon, Ku heads to Jeju to give a college lecture. There he meets up with a former mentor, who it turns out is now married to Ku's college sweetheart (Ko Hyun Jung).

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Product Title: Like You Know It All (DVD) (Korea Version) Like You Know It All (DVD) (韓國版) Like You Know It All (DVD) (韩国版) よく知りもしないくせに (韓国版) 잘 알지도 못하면서 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 似懂非懂,懂得又如何 似懂非懂,懂得又如何 よく知りもしないのに, よく知りもしないで
Artist Name(s): Kim Tae Woo (Actor) | Ko Hyun Jung (Actor) | Gong Hyung Jin | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo | Jung Yoo Mi 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 高賢廷 (Actor) | 孔炯軫 | 嚴智媛 (Actor) | 河政佑 | 鄭有美 金 泰佑 (Actor) | 高贤廷 (Actor) | 孔炯轸 | 严智媛 (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo | 郑有美 キム・テウ (Actor) | コ・ヒョンジョン (Actor) | コン・ヒョンジン | オム・ジウォン (Actor) | ハ・ジョンウ | チョン・ユミ 김태우 (Actor) | 고 현정 (Actor) | 공 형진 | 엄 지원 (Actor) | 하정우 | 정유미
Director: Hong Sang Soo 洪尚秀 洪尚秀 ホン・サンス 홍상수
Release Date: 2009-09-17
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
Publisher: PRE.GM
Other Information: 1Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021154225

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잘 알지도 못하면서 (DVD) (초회판 (한국판)

* Screen format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound mix: Korean 5.1 Dolby Surround

* Director: 홍상수

▪ 삶을 만나는 여행과 유머가 담긴 홍상수 감독의 9번째 장편영화
▪ 김태우, 엄지원, 고현정, 하정우, 정유미, 유준상, 공형진 등 상상을 뛰어넘는 배우들의 완벽한 조합! 화려한 캐스팅을 가능하게 했던 홍상수의 저력
▪ 뜨거운 여름의 제천과 제주도에서 각각 펼쳐지는 두 개의 흥미롭고 솔직한 여행기
▪ <키친> <기담> <해변의 여인> <얼굴없는 미녀> <여자는 남자의 미래다> 김태우 주연
▪ <해변의 여인> 고현정 주연
▪ <그림자 살인> <가을로> <극장전> <주홍글씨> 엄지원 주연
▪ <오! 수정> <생활의 발견> <여자는 남자의 미래다> <해변의 여인> 홍상수 감독 및 각본


영화제에 심사위원으로 초청된 구경남. 프로그래머 공현희를 비롯한 영화인들과의 술자리를 핑계삼아 심사는 뒷전이다. 의무적인 영화관람이 계속되던 중 우연히 만난 오래전 절친 부상용을 만나고, 그의 집으로 향한다. 어김없이 벌어진 술자리는 부상용의 아내, 유신으로 인해 묘한 분위기로 마무리되고, 다음날 구경남은 뜬금없이 파렴치한으로 몰린 채 도망치듯 제천을 떠난다.
제주도에 특강을 가게 된 구경남. 학생들과의 뒤풀이 자리에서 선배인 화백 양천수를 만나 다음날 그의 집으로 동행한다. 그는 양천수의 아내가 자신이 연모했던 후배 고순임을 알게 되고, 그녀는 구경남에게 은밀히 쪽지를 건넨다. 이 후, 고순을 다시 찾은 구경남. 두 사람은 불장난 같은 관계 중, 우연히 들른 동네주민 조씨에게 현장을 들키고 마는데...

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Professional Review of "Like You Know It All (DVD) (Korea Version)"

October 15, 2009

The cinematic medium can make for a fascinating subject, especially in the hands of a director willing to explore it through personal insights. This is certainly the case with Like You Know it All from Hong Sang Soo, one of the current champions of the Korean independent film scene, whose previous works such as Women on the Beach and Woman is the Future of Man have offered fascinating and offbeat looks at modern life and relationships. This, his ninth feature, screened as part of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight, and features a host of former collaborators including Kim Tae Woo, Ko Hyun Jung and Uhm Ji Won.

Aptly enough, the film's protagonist Ku (Kim Tae Woo, who featured in both Women on the Beach and Woman is the Future of Man) is an independent film director who has long enjoyed the adoration of the critics without ever being able to produce a box office hit. Although he is invited to Jecheon to judge a local film festival, he ends up doing little more than drinking, upsetting women and ruining old friendships. After things go wrong, he heads off to another appointment on Jeju Island delivering a lecture to a class of college students for another acquaintance. Inevitably, it doesn't take long for him to complicate matters, especially when he runs into an ex-girlfriend (Ko Hyun Jung, another Women on the Beach star), who now just happens to be married to his former mentor.

As with Hong's other films, musings on love and relationships make up a lot of Like You Know it All, exploring Ku's interaction with the various women who drift in and out of his life. This is handled in a subtle, frequently ambiguous manner, without ever offering any easy answers or trite conclusions. In the case of Ku, such concerns are clearly directly related to the question of his own identity and self worth, and the theme of finding a soul mate, and indeed exactly what that might mean, plays an important part. The film is very open in this respect, frankly discussing the role of sex in relationships between men and women, though again often leaving the viewer to make up their own mind as to the truth behind some of Ku's encounters.

Thankfully, this does not mean that the film is emotionally distant, or deliberately obtuse in the manner of many other indie productions, and it is gently moving and affecting throughout, in a mature and adult, if unconventional way. This is largely down to the fact that Ku is a very likeable protagonist, despite his many flaws and the many, many mistakes he makes. Whether or not he is actually to blame for much of what happens is an important question, as he certainly seems to be blamed by everyone for the film's myriad personal disasters - not least since he has a notable talent for saying and doing exactly the wrong thing at the perfect moment. His childlike enthusiasm and naivety are balanced by hints of an underlying bitterness, and aside from the film's more personal aspects, it works wonderfully as a deconstruction and demystification of Ku as a film maker and his role in creating art.

Hong's style is laidback and unobtrusive, but never dull or particularly meandering, and the film is completely engrossing. Although he entirely eschews unnecessary or forced drama, the plot does take some unexpected twists, and this helps to keep things moving along at a friendly pace. Again, the film echoes his previous works in that it basically follows a two act structure, with the first familiarising the viewer with Ku and in the process quite cleverly setting up certain expectations for the second act, generating dramatic tension as to whether he'll make the same mistakes again. Far from being pretentious, the film is amiable throughout, and is amusing and whimsical, if not always in an overt fashion. Hong's observations on life, and of course the film industry, are often very funny, and though at times cynical, are certainly honest. Drinking plays a huge part in this, as Ku wanders from drinking session to drinking session, spending most of the film drunk and slumping through screenings or waking up in unfamiliar beds. This also ties in quite neatly with the theme of taking responsibility for oneself, as again it's debatable to what extent his drunken mishaps are his own fault.

There is certainly a lot going on in Like You Know it All and it works on many levels, being amusing, thoughtful and on more basic terms, highly entertaining. Easily one of the best Korean independent productions of the year, it shows Hong continuing to be one of the few directors truly able to capture the complexities and absurdities of the human condition.

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Customer Review of "Like You Know It All (DVD) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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October 14, 2009

Calling all arthouse film fans! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In "Like You Know It All", Kim Tae Woo stars as Director Ku, a 39 year old director of low-budget indie arthouse films that are beloved by critics for their obscurity but ignored by the general public. The movie is comprised of two prolonged episodes, the first in which Director Ku serves as a judge at a film festival in Jecheon and the second in which he travels to Jeju Island to talk to a class of film students about his movies.

At Jecheon Director Ku runs into Boo (Gong Hyung Jin in a brilliant performance), a man with whom he collaborated on some films. Boo's hard-drinking ways practically destroyed his life and his health, until he met a woman who saved him and helped him pull his life together. At Jeju, Ku encounters one of Korea's most famous artists, who had been a mentor to Ku when Ku was at university. Ku also learns that his old mentor now is married to a woman he had loved in his youth, but who had left him because of his indecisiveness.

Through the course of these travels and encounters, we slowly get to know this Director Ku. While at first he seems to be an affable, somewhat hapless intellectual, we begin to see that he is a serial liar, a self-involved, self-indulgent, unreliable jerk with all of the moral fiber of a snake. And yet one suspects that he has deluded himself into believing that he is quite a nice guy, as he leaves a trail of emotional wreckage and disappointment in his wake.

Director Hong Sang Soo's ninth feature film proves to be a very dark comedy, a character study of a purely selfish man. It is a very talky film and seems intentionally crudely made to give it almost a documentary feel. "Like You Know It All" will not appeal to everyone, but arthouse film buffs will embrace it.
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October 1, 2009

Intellectual Viewpoints Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If familiar with Hong’s previous films like “Tales of Cinema” and “Woman is the Future of Man”, you’ll certainly have a good idea what’s on offer here. Certainly another richly turned out offering and again reflecting Hong’s own actual student life and art films, musings and love relationships. Here the protagonist is Ku (Tae Woo Kim) a director judging budding filmmakers in Jecheon and philosophizing with young students at Jeju Island. Ku’s a child man philosopher teaching things of ‘freedom’ and always discovering old acquaintances at film festivals or colleges that he seems to upset. He gets drunk at lot (as do his accommodating peers and students), and offends people who don’t take kindly to his frank attitude. Like Ku telling an old colleague that his ‘spiritually free’ female soul mate couldn’t possible always tell the truth and imposing questions to his past mentor's sex life with his new young wife, also an ex-girlfriend from Ku’s student days. Because of this Ku gets beaten up, as a stone thrown at him and the like. Even a high decibel-yelling session where Ji Won Uhm’s character blames Ku vehemently after one of their drinking sessions, as she had been sexually abused by another male guest (although did she lie?) afterward. But she verbally attacks Ku as if he had done it, and his laid back life musings the real cause.

It’s interesting how Hong deciphers soul mate relationships (Ku himself silently yearns outside this bewildering condition for similar love, and uses intellect as a substitute) like where a caterpillar crawls near the feet of the ‘soul mate’ couple as an indication that they cannot stay in that comforting condition forever. Also Ku’s ex-girlfriend bewailing her three failed marriages before finding her gentle soul mate (and Ku’s mentor) only to bed and seduce Ku at the finish betraying that ‘soul mate’. It’s another film of idiosyncrasies and irony, the contradictions of character, the love-hate relationships and discordance of loyalty. A thin line here between cynicism and self-depreciating humor, but leaning more towards the eccentric and ridiculous. The final lonely sand isle gave me reason to believe that loneliness is more self-choice than imposition. There’s more to this film invisible by superficiality and viewing it again at various junctures will glean more understanding. Acting is excellent and major actors in smaller roles like Jeong-Woo Ha from “The Chaser” as a humble gardener.
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