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Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Jung Eun Chae (Actor) | Gi Joo Bong (Actor) | Ye Ji Won (Actor)
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Screened in competition at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, Hong Sang Soo's latest film Nobody's Daughter Haewon has, as usual, unrewarding relationships, sudden zoom shots, quirky dream sequences and a troubled filmmaker who takes to the bottle. But this time the focus of the auteur's story is the eponymous heroine, portrayed by breakthrough actress Jung Eun Chae. Film student Hae Won wants to end her on-again off-again affair with married professor Sung Joon (Lee Seon Gyun, Night and Day). Feeling lonely and depressed after bidding farewell to her Canada-bound mother (Kim Ja Ok), she finds herself back in the company of Sung Joon. To make matters worse, they run into other students from their university and inadvertently reveal their relationship. Yoo Jun Sang (In Another Country), Ye Ji Won (Hahaha), Ryu Deok Hwan (The Peach Tree) and Jane Birkin also appear in the film.
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Product Title: Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 無人的女兒海媛 (2013) (DVD) (台灣版) 无人的女儿海媛 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 無人的女兒海媛 (2013) (DVD) (台湾版) 누구의 딸도 아닌 해원
Also known as: 白日夢女兒 / 他與她的白日夢 白日梦女儿 / 他与她的白日梦
Artist Name(s): Lee Sun Kyun (Actor) | Jung Eun Chae (Actor) | Gi Joo Bong (Actor) | Ye Ji Won (Actor) | Yoo Jun Sang (Actor) | Kim Ja Ok (Actor) | Jane Birkin 李善均 (Actor) | 鄭恩彩 (Actor) | 奇周峰 (Actor) | 藝智苑 (Actor) | 俞俊相 (Actor) | 金 慈玉 (Actor) | Jane Birkin 李善均 (Actor) | 郑恩彩 (Actor) | 奇周峰 (Actor) | 艺智苑 (Actor) | 俞俊相 (Actor) | 金 慈玉 (Actor) | Jane Birkin イ・ソンギュン (Actor) | チョン・ウンチェ (Actor) | Gi Joo Bong (Actor) | イェ・ジウォン (Actor) | ユ・ジュンサン (Actor) | キム・ジャオク (Actor) | Jane Birkin 이선균 (Actor) | 정은채 (Actor) | 기주봉 (Actor) | 예지원 (Actor) | 유 준상 (Actor) | 김자옥 (Actor) | Jane Birkin
Director: Hong Sang Soo 洪尚秀 洪尚秀 ホン・サンス 홍상수
Release Date: 2016-07-26
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1051135062

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導演:洪常秀 Hong Sangsoo
《逆鱗:刺王危城》鄭恩彩 Jung Eunchae
《妻人太甚》李善均 Lee Sunkyun


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August 19, 2013

This professional review refers to Nobody's Daughter Haewon (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Korean indie auteur and darling of the international festival circuit Hong Sang Soo returns with his latest offering Nobody's Daughter Haewon another whimsical tale of awkward relationships and human foibles, washed down as ever with plenty of alcohol. Though it does as usual include a clumsy, emotionally maladjusted director as one of its main characters, the film sees Hong focusing on a young female protagonist this time, the titular Haewon, played by up and coming actress Jung Eun Chae (Haunters), who's joined by several of the director's regular performers, including Lee Seon Gyun (Night and Day), Yoo Jun Sang (In Another Country) and Ye Ji Won (Hahaha), with a special appearance from veteran actress Jane Birkin.

Unfolding as a series of reminiscences from her diary, the film opens with film student Haewon spending time with her mother (Kim Ja Ok, Working Mom) before she heads off to live in Canada, wandering the streets together and chatting about the past. Feeling left behind and lost, Haewon ends up calling Sung Joon (Lee Seon Gyun), a married professor and director she's been having an affair with. Despite the fact that neither of them really know what they want, the two seem to be rekindling their on-off relationship, until difficulties arise after a drunken dinner with several other students.

Like most of Hong Sang Soo's recent films, Nobod's Daughter Haewon is both simple and complex at the same time, with a non-linear narrative and behaviour and motivations that are to a large extent left to the viewer to discern. Told from Haewon's own perspective, the film features the kind of repetitions and loops which Hong tends to work into his films, with her running into varying though oddly similar situations, different characters spouting the same dialogue in the same locations at different periods of unspecified time. This gives a definite air of ambiguity, not to mention of unreliability, with much left unresolved and up in the air, and with Hong avoiding either answers or explanations, preferring to sit back and hold his characters at a distance, simply letting things play and flow without judgement.

On this level, Haewon is an unconventional protagonist who some viewers may take to and others not. At once vulnerable and strong, aloof yet passive, it's debatable whether she's moral or amoral, or whether she's a lost soul or someone comfortable floating through life. There's a definite emotional complexity here, at least for those who look for it, not that Hong ever spells anything out, and much like his male characters, Haewon is flawed, troubled and given to odd decision making. At the same time though she is sympathetic, thanks to a fine performance from Jung Eun Chae, and is considerably less vain and petty than Hong's usual male protagonists, as represented here by the amusingly immature and incompetent Sung Joon. Revolving in part around a love triangle of sorts involving her past, present and possibly future lovers, the film is filled with shifting perspectives and features a variety of different, though generally unsuccessful and painful relationships, allowing Hong to explore and poke fun at both the female and male psyches, with gently comical results.

One of the most enjoyable things about Hong's films is the way that he never allows them to get heavy handed or melodramatic, and that's certainly the case here, with the proceedings benefiting from a light and airy feel. There's a pleasant rhythm to his direction, and though little happens beyond characters wandering around and talking or just sitting around, it's highly engaging throughout in hypnotic and almost improvised fashion. Hong is one of the few directors working today to be able to bring relationships and emotions to the screen in a truly convincing manner, and the film's strength lies in the fact that it feels real and genuine, despite what might be considered art house trappings. He's also one of the even fewer number of directors to really seem to understand the drinking of alcohol and its importance in the human condition and the ebb and flow of conversations over wine - the film is perhaps at its best when the characters are doing nothing more than shooting the breeze and sinking a few.

While nothing new and pretty interchangeable with most of his other films of late, Nobody's Daughter Haewon is nevertheless another immensely entertaining offering from Hong Sang Soo. A fun, part-abstract yet warm look at failed and failing relationships and a young woman's attempts to get to grips with life, it shows again that Hong is one of Korea's most accomplished directors, with a keen eye and considerable talent for laying bare the inherent foolishness of human nature.

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Customer Review of "Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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October 4, 2013

This customer review refers to Nobody's Daughter Haewon (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Many Roads to Virtue (part A) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Sang-soo Hong portrays many a cyclic relationship pattern of intellectual folly in his movies. Here again more repetitive symbolic metaphors, sexual trysts, directors and students and lots of consumed food and alcohol. The more than superficial protagonist is high-spirited but unsettled female student Hae-won (Chae-jung Eun) - although having model looks, intelligent bookish versatility, is vulnerable and mercurially uncertain about her life. Looking casual although maybe desperate, Hae-won tries to change her feelings of loneliness and be accepted in some way. But Hae-won’s bright sense of invaded isolation is paradoxically fed by a buffering past secret liaison with her tutor. With a willowy form and lustrous long hair Hae-won is pretty and motions herself in a seemingly positive spirit. At the beginning Hae-won bumps into and ignores a tourist, but suddenly realizes the tourist is actress Jane Birkin, becomes overjoyed at the serendipitous contact and Hae-won warms sincerely to a brief soul mate; a ephemeral encounter. But in ‘Hae-won’ there’s much strolling and difficult talk, moving on to Hae-won reminiscing with her mother (Ja-ok Kim) just before the latter leaves S Korea to live in Canada. Both women fondly give mutual encouragement, but when Hae-won’s mother leaves, Hae-won in her bright but forlorn mood decides to call her student professor Sung-joon (Seon-gyun Lee), a married man Hae-won had secret liaisons with. Both had broken up a year before, but Hae-won was happy to meet Sung-joon again on a whim, contrastingly the professor ever paranoid of other people’s attitudes to the tryst, demands to see Hae-won ‘on chance meeting’ in places of seeming security, such as a fortress wall.

Sung-joon deceiving his wife, still loves Hae-won - her youth, beauty, innocence and demeanour and wishes to see her more But Hae-won amusingly troubled by her guilt tells Sung-joon she’s more a deceptive devil. When joining some of Sung-joon’s students in a bar, Hae-won gets increasingly uneasy, knowing the students realised her secret tryst with Sung-joon, and by the student’s embarrassed silence and eventual disapproving conversations - Hae-won abruptly leaves the bar’s stressful atmosphere. But Hae-won later serendipitously meets a movie producer from the US who wishes to get married and takes an interest in her. By a bookshop café where Hae-won had talked with her mother and where a young smoking man took a nervous liking to the lithe slender Hae-won.
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Many Roads to Virtue (part B) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
With multifaceted human contact, like the character abstracts in Mr Hong’s movies, the most palpable ‘mystery’ pursuits are the complex and stymied methods of people trying to find secure happiness and ambition. Even within a secret tryst. But according to the ‘devilish’ Hae-won there are no secrets and clandestine lives become eventually revealed, as Hae-won secretly talks with Sung-joon. Relationship, too, like life, are fleeting. But in Hong movies contradictions are aplenty and perspectives of how people constantly blunder into unstable relationships and problems, hardly benefit these abstract souls. With Hong generally ‘radical’ couplings, too – a young female student and a mature professor of film study. Essentially Hae-won doesn’t fit in; the nobody’s daughter. This due to Hae-won having a mixed Westernised resilience finding it difficult to express her free nature within a different Korean conservative mindset. Hae-won maybe a scarlet woman, but surfs all the social nervous guilt and goes with the flow to whatever relationship in her life may happen. But this muddles her life ambition that seems not to satisfy (ie also Sung-joon’s marriage), factor possibilities to the myriad of opportunity life as to offer. Which of the rich choices should a Hae-won or Sung-joon take?

Hae-won is also a film student and this life is a catalyst to what essential choices can be made to survive (socially speaking). Making movies aids the understanding of self and people, too. In Hae-won’s character, she might either be a subconscious seductress or a pretty and strong willed woman, but her self slanted view could be her absorption of other people’s socially cemented perceptions - their perceived begrudging jealousies about what is the correct way to feel love with another. Having intelligence Hae-won can ‘use’ men like Sung-joon as a playground. But Hae-won just dates and sleeps with a male student between the time she broke up with Sung-joon –not for the sake of being a vixen or to hurt Sung-joon; that short tryst a revelation causing Sung-joon such hypocritical distressful emotion. Although Mr Hong’s films are not meant to be resolved, in a modern world where foibles are analysed and criticized, a young Hae-won merely breezes through her systematic life. Hae-won’s mother seeing a cute smoker man, wishes her daughter to settle and marry. But free spirit is the clash in Hae-won’s thinking; she wants an intelligent man to care and share, not to be caged.
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