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The Power of Kangwon Province (강원도의 힘)

강원도의 힘 (Kang-won-do-eui Him)

Directed by Hong Sang-soo (홍상수)

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108min | Release date in South Korea :

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It's another hot humid summer in Seoul and a trip to the mountain and temples of Kangwon province could be just the thing to revive the spirit in the aftermath of a breakup. On the rebound from a love affair with Sang-kwon, her married university professor, Ji-sook joins two girlfriends on a trip to Kangwon province. Although Ji-sook is the only woman he's ever loved, Sang-kwon seems to have moved on and is now searching for a tenured position. His trip to Kangwon province coincides with Ji-sook's, and up in the mountains, they are brushed with the same tragedy. Both also have drunken spats with friends and indulge in joyless flirtations. Ji-sook meets a friendly policeman she later returns to visit and Sang-kwon, who has missed a rendezvous with a beautiful woman, ends up having unsatisfying sex with a prostitute. Ultimately, both leave Kangwon lonelier than ever.

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    • [Guest Film Review] "The Power of Kangwon Province"

      2018/02/24
      Hong Sang-soo's second feature enjoyed as much success as the rest of his filmography in the festival circuit, despite the fact that the director had not yet gained the complete mastery of the medium he has currently, although his progress from his first film "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well" is quite obvious,...More
    • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Poetry": Empathetic Cinema at its Finest

      2014/03/22
      In the Spotlight this Week: Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry"... The American writer and poet Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you". In "Poetry", Lee Chang-dong's last film, this affliction is brought to bear on an aging soul who so desperately searches for meaning, peace, and poetry. Lee's short filmography is impressive, and reflects the wills of a storyteller who seeks the substance behind mere matters and modern mayhem. His compelling ruminations are romantic and robust; graphic poems that present hardships and hope in visual verses that demand both our attention and praise. This award-winning film drew inspiration from a real-world rape case in Korea, a Japanese television program on nature, and, of course, Lee's own storytelling genius and acute appreciation of the human condition,...More
    • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "The Power of Kangwon Province": Magic-realism, two fish, and some shade.

      2014/03/15
      In the Spotlight this Week: Hong Sang-soo's "The Power of Kangwon Province"... The films of auteur director Hong Sang-soo are, indeed, an acquired taste. They are slow musings of human interactions flecked and fettered with an uncomfortable realism; stories of serendipitous and strained encounters that, in Hong's rumination, depict relationships that resemble uncanny magic. His works comes infused with a delicate flavour, a unique blend of cinematic spices that, at first, may arrive at our senses plain and perhaps unpalatable, but when allowed to linger and ferment the results are rich and rewarding,...More
    • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Power of Kangwon Province"

      2014/03/15
      A selection of shots from Hong Sang-soo's "The Power of Kangwon Province"... Possessing a peculiarly palette that few auteurs engage, Hong Sang-soo is a cerebral cine-cynic with an understated magical touch. His films tackle the awkwardness of human relationships as he wraps them in realities that are as relatable as they are uncanny. His films are an acquired taste that many may reject, but for those whose gaze can last his works can appear subtly surreal as well as grounded. The following are a selection of shots from his second feature "The Power of Kangwon Province", an entrancing film that stands still and runs deep. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
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    Release date in South Korea : 1998/04/04

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