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Hong Sang Soo (Director) | Baek Jong Hak (Actor) | Oh Yun Hong (Actor) | Jeon Jae Hyun (Actor)
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The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version)
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Acclaimed filmmaker Hong Sang Soo follows up his 1996 directorial debut The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well with The Power Of Kangwon Province, a film that follows the separate stories of a man and a woman who have only recently decided to end their affair. The first half of the film follows the travels of three young girls: Ji Sook (Oh Yun Hong, from Love Is A Crazy Thing and Green Chair), Mi Sun (Im Sun Young) and Eun Kyoung (Park Hyun Young), as they take a trip to the mountainous Kangwon Province in eastern South Korea. During their journey, they encounter a young police officer (Kim Yoo Suk, from Possible Changes and The Isle) who serves as a kind of tour guide for the young women.

After a night of heavy drinking together, the already married policeman spends the night with Ji Sook. But as it turns out, Ji Sook has experience with this sort of situation, as she has just broken off her affair with another married man, a decision that has left her lonely and upset. The film's second half focuses on Sang Kwon (Baek Jong Hak, from Memento Mori and A Moment To Remember), the married university professor formerly attached to Ji Sook. It seems that Sang Kwon has also decided to visit Kangwon Province, but the two former lovers narrowly miss one another during their travels. Both of them, however, do end up getting involved with a terrible tragedy, one that might change both of them forever! Can Ji Sook and Sang Kwon's relationship be repaired? Or will they end up leaving the mountains of Kangwon Province unhappier than ever before?

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Product Title: The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version) 不羈的情人 (美國版) 不羁的情人 (美国版) 江原道の力 (The Power Of Kangwon Province) (US版) The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Baek Jong Hak (Actor) | Oh Yun Hong (Actor) | Jeon Jae Hyun (Actor) 裴宗學 (Actor) | 吳允香 (Actor) | Jeon Jae Hyun (Actor) 裴宗学 (Actor) | 吳允香 (Actor) | 金在显 (Actor) ペ・ジョンハク (Actor) | Oh Yun Hong (Actor) | チョン・ジェヒョン (Actor) 백 종학 (Actor) | 오 윤흥 (Actor) | 전 재현 (Actor)
Director: Hong Sang Soo 洪尚秀 洪尚秀 ホン・サンス 홍상수
Release Date: 2005-05-03
Language: Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Tai Seng Video (US)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003999578

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* Screen Format: N/A
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
* DVD Type: DVD-5
* Extra: N/A

Director: Hong Sang Soo

  己婚教師盛光 (Sangkwan)與智淑(Jisook)分手後,各自與朋友到江原道旅行,二人雖在同一車廂,卻一直沒有遇上。後來智淑遇上一個已婚警察,酒醉後二人共渡一夜,並保持來往,但智淑一直感到空虛寂寞。至於盛光,與朋友召妓尋歡作樂,同樣未能感到滿足。二人陰錯陽差下各自遇到一對牽涉一宗謀殺案的男女。盛光最後還是不掉智淑。

  Sangkwan and Jisook, who are recently separated, travel with friends to scenic Kang-won province in hopes of mending their relationship. But a surprising turn of events there means that both of them may leave the mountains and temples of Kangwon lonelier than ever.
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Customer Review of "The Power Of Kangwon Province (US Version)"

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

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February 18, 2011

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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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