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The Power Of Kangwon Province (Blu-ray) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region All

Hong Sang Soo (Director) | Baek Jong Hak (Actor) | Oh Yun Hong (Actor) | Park Hyun Young (Actor)
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Customer Review of "The Power Of Kangwon Province (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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Kevin Kennedy
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February 18, 2011

This customer review refers to The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version)
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Don't blame it on Kangwon Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
One could characterize "The Power of Kangwon Province" as the prototypical Hong Sang Soo movie; its story features his usual themes of empty sex and alienation and is told in his customary glancing, elliptical style. The film is told in two intersecting parts, the first follows three female friends who spend a brief holiday at a seaside town in mountainous Kangwon Province. The women meet a helpful policeman (Kim Soo Suk) and one of them, Ji Sook (Ou Yun Hong), strikes up an intimate relationship with him, although he has acknowledged that he is married. The film's second part shows two male buddies on a trip to the same resort town. The men hike in the mountains, then dally with hookers. One of them, serial adulterer Sang Kwon (Baek Jong Hak), appears almost inadvertently to be responsible for the death of a woman he meets at the resort. Later we learn that Ji Sook and Sang Kwon had had an adulterous relationship. When Sang Kwon returns to the city they meet again.

The story is told in a naturalistic, matter-of-fact style which heightens the discomfort of seeing these characters behave so badly. The movie even includes an apparent murder for which one of its central characters seems partly responsible, but the dramatic impact of that event intentionally is undercut by the film's flat off-handed style. The death is just one more unintended consequence of Sang Kwon's recklessness. The film concludes with an image which poetically captures the empty, aimless existence into which these characters, by their 'mistakes', have trapped themselves. The wonder (or perhaps the horror) of director Hong Sang Soo's filmmaking is that he makes these warped lives seem so normal.
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