The Turning Gate

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Time Out says

Hong's latest wry dissection of the gap between head and heart is divided into seven chapters, but the plot falls neatly into two halves. In the first, out-of-work actor Kyung-Soo (Kim Sang-Kyung) visits a country town famous for its lakes and has a fling with a dance instructor (Yea); she's crazy for him, but her affection turns him off and he bolts. In the second, he takes a train and chats to Sun-Young (Chu), who recognises him from his stage work; he gets off at Kyungju to follow her home and next day knocks on her door. They have sex in a hotel and he begs her to abandon husband and family to run away with him. She declines - and reminds him that anyway they met in similar circumstances twenty years earlier... As in The Power of Kangwon Province, the two halves are riddled with parallels, echoes and contrasts; the plotting is as intricate and detailed as anything you'd find in 19th century fiction (a form explicitly evoked by the descriptive chapter-titles), but the overall aesthetic strategy is as modernist as an ace scratch-mix. Often ruefully funny, too.
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Release details

UK release:

2002

Duration:

115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Hong Sang-Soo

Cast:

Yea Ji-Won, Chu Sang-Mi, Kim Sang-Kyung, Kim Hak-Sun

Music:

Oh Won-Chul

Editor:

Ham Sung-Won

Cinematography:

Choi Young-Taek

Screenwriter:

Hong Sang-Soo

Producer:

Hanna Lee, Choi In-Gee, Ahn Byung-Joo

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