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|Artist Name(s):||Ko Hyun Jung | Uhm Ji Won | Hong Sang Soo | Kim Tae Woo 高賢廷 | 嚴智媛 | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 高贤廷 | 严智媛 | 洪尚秀 | 金 泰佑 コ・ヒョンジョン | オム・ジウォン | ホン・サンス | キム・テウ 고 현정 | 엄지원 | 홍상수 | 김태우|
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キム・テウ / コ・ヒョンジョン / オム・ジウォン / ホン・サンス (監督、脚本)
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
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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.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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October 14, 2009
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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
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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.