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HaHaHa (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Kim Sang Kyung (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Yoo Jun Sang (Actor) | Kim Gyu Ri (Kim Min Sun) (Actor)
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The premise of Hong Sang Soo's latest film HaHaHa will feel familiar to any follower of the Korean auteur: a movie critic (Yoo Joon Sang) and an aspiring director (Kim Sang Kyung) reminisce about a summer trip over rice wine, gradually revealing that their memories and encounters intertwine. Like in any Hong film, the neurotic heroes wander, womanize, and drink and talk too much. However, there's more humor and less cynicism to the heroes' misadventures than in the director's previous works, making HaHaHa - the winner of the top prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section - one of the few pure comedies in Hong's filmography. On the surface, the film's title may refer to the Korean word for summer, "Ha", but it also stands for the sound of laughter that will come from the audience of Hong Sang Soo's lightest and most purely enjoyable work yet.
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Product Title: HaHaHa (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 愛情,說來可笑 (DVD) (台灣版) 爱情,说来可笑 (DVD) (台湾版) ハハハ (DVD) (台湾版) 하하하
Also known as: 夏夏哈 / 夏夏夏 夏夏哈 / 夏夏夏
Artist Name(s): Kim Sang Kyung (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Yoo Jun Sang (Actor) | Kim Gyu Ri (Kim Min Sun) (Actor) | Ye Ji Won (Actor) | Kim Young Ho (Actor) | Kim Kang Woo (Actor) | Youn Yuh Jung (Actor) 金相慶 (Actor) | 文 素利 (Actor) | 俞俊相 (Actor) | 金玟善 (Actor) | 藝智苑 (Actor) | 金英浩 (Actor) | 金剛于 (Actor) | 尹汝貞 (Actor) 金相庆 (Actor) | 文 素利 (Actor) | 俞俊相 (Actor) | 金玟善 (Actor) | 艺智苑 (Actor) | 金英浩 (Actor) | 金刚于 (Actor) | 尹汝贞 (Actor) キム・サンギョン (Actor) | ムン・ソリ (Actor) | ユ・ジュンサン (Actor) | キム・ミンソン (Actor) | イェ・ジウォン (Actor) | キム・ヨンホ (Actor) | キム・ガンウ (Actor) | ユン・ヨジョン (Actor) 김 상경 (Actor) | 문 소리 (Actor) | 유 준상 (Actor) | 김 규리 (Actor) | 예지원 (Actor) | 김 영호 (Actor) | 김강우 (Actor) | 윤여정 (Actor)
Director: Hong Sang Soo 洪尚秀 洪尚秀 ホン・サンス 홍상수
Release Date: 2013-06-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Catchplay
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033471213

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導演:洪尚秀 Hong Sang-soo


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Professional Review of "HaHaHa (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

November 29, 2010

This professional review refers to HaHaHa (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
Hong Sang Soo, Korean writer director of acclaimed indie films Tale of Cinema and Woman on the Beach returns with HaHaHa, another offbeat look at modern life, following a conversation between two friends as they reminisce about an unknowingly shared holiday. Although still instantly recognisable as being in Hong's trademark structured style, the film is a markedly lighter and more naturalistic piece of work, making it far more accessible for the average viewer. This different approach proved successful, with the film bringing home the coveted top prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, a remarkable achievement for such an unassuming lo-fi Korean production.

The film basically revolves around two men, sitting at an outdoor bar and drinking rice wine while trading memories about past trips to the picturesque port town of Tongyeong, told in flashback and with them taking a sip and toasting each other whenever they remember something pleasant. However, as their conversation progresses, it becomes clear to the viewer, if not to the two of them, that both film critic Bang Jung Shik (Yoo Joon Sang, recently also in Moss) and would-be film maker and professor Moon Kyeong (Kim Sang Kyung, Memories of Murder) were actually there at the same time, and that their various relationships with different friends and women were part of a bigger, intertwining picture.

HaHaHa (the word "Ha" referring to the Korean word for summer) does have a great deal in common with Hong Sang Soo's other films, essentially revolving around neurotic males, and dealing with issues of ego, truth and memory in carefully structured fashion. However, whilst Tale of Cinema for example featured a sudden shift that divided the film into separate sections, here Hong takes a more naturalistic approach, and though the memories of the friends are set out by the two taking turns and following on from each other to provide the other side of the story, the film feels playful and less forced than might have been expected, with a pleasingly rhythmic charm. This works very well, and the film does have the relaxed and convivial mood of a drinking session. On the many instances when the words of the men and what they tell each other diverges from what actually happened, it comes across as being amusing rather than cynical. The film is frequently very funny, playing gently upon the many mistakes and misconceptions of its protagonists, and though there is a definite sense of wry irony, it is never cruel or cheap in raising a laugh.

Although it does meander and is by definition unfocused and rambling, the film remains engaging and utterly amiable throughout, with its lack of forced drama giving it a grounded and believable air. The plot is quite clever and multilayered in its own way, and manages to work in a great many twists, as Moon Kyeong pursues a woman who is dating Bang's poet friend, who in turn is also in a relationship with a friend of his mother's. This may sound fairly complex, though Hong's light touch ensures that it all keeps just on the right side of daft farce, and the film never relies too much upon coincidence or artificially awkward situations. With Bang being married whilst carrying on an affair with a woman who comes to visit him in the town, and with his poet friend's many different liaisons, the film does touch on some potentially searching moral ground, though Hong is never judgemental, and by having the events unfold from each character's own memories, he allows the viewer to decide whether or not the protagonists are likeable buffoons or self-deluding cads. Given the film's blithe atmosphere, it's hard to imagine anyone being too hard on them, as the two are basically likeable despite their many faults and flaws, and their womanizing and wondering about their lives becomes almost like an existential quest for meaning and fulfilment.

This in itself is of course open to interpretation, and HaHaHa is certainly a film which can be enjoyed on many different levels, either as a philosophical piece about the male psyche and relationships, or simply as an intuitive and comic tale of possibly innocent mis-remembrance and ineptly childish behaviour. Whichever is the case, the film is arguably Hong Sang Soo's most entertaining and unpretentious work to date, and certainly the one which is most likely to be enjoyed by non art house viewers.

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Customer Review of "HaHaHa (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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March 8, 2011

This customer review refers to HaHaHa (DVD) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Hong Sang Soo in a (slightly) lighter vein Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Hong Sang Soo has his niche and he refuses to budge from it. "HaHaHa" in most respects is like all of his movies. Men in their thirties who are irresponsible overgrown boys meet women in their thirties who are too needy for love. No one grows, no one changes. Everyone drinks too much. Marital vows and parental responsibilities are dishonored, but the victims kept off-screen so we don't feel too bad about the characters' amoral behavior.

What distinguishes "HaHaHa" from Hong's other films is its lighter tone and simpler structure. Jo Moon Kyung (Kim Sang Kyung), who purports to be a film director although he has no movies to his credit, meets for a drink with his friend Bang Jung Sik (Yoo Jun Sang), a film critic who is married and has a new baby. They swap stories about the recent visit each of them paid to the town of Tongyeong. Jo went there to visit his mother (the great Yoon Yeo Jeong) before he travels to Canada to manage one of his uncle's instant photo developing stores. While in Tongyeong, he meets and courts Wang Sung Ok (Moon So Ri), a tour guide at a historical site. Bang went to Tongyeong to cheat on his wife with stewardess Ahn Yeon Joo (Ye Ji Won) and visit his poet friend Kang Jung Ho (Kim Kang Woo), who simultaneously is bedding tour guide Wang and a pretty office worker. Unbeknownst to friends Jo and Bang, their paths often crossed in Tongyeong and coincidences proliferate as they become enmeshed in the aimless lives of the Tongyeong residents.

The film's structure is a bit artificial, but it creates some nicely farcical misconnections. Director Hong achieves the movie's lighter tone in part by keeping things on a fairly superficial level; there's little self-examination going on here. A couple scenes play a bit awkwardly, as if overwritten or underrehearsed, and I wondered whether the awkwardness might not have been intentional to reflect that the story is told primarily through Jo and Bang's self-serving flashbacks. "HaHaHa" certainly is Hong Sang Soo's most accessible film to date.
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