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Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok) (2020)




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Kwon (Seo Younghwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains.She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology... and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul's historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director.


Moon So-ri
as Young-sun
Gi Ju-bong
as Byeong-joo
Eui-sung Kim
as Sangwon
Min-woo Lee
as Kwang-Hyun
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Critic Reviews for Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

The ingenuity of the movie's structure is stimulating and delightful...

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

With modest means and a limited field of action, Hong achieves a complexity akin to the grand historical meditations of Alain Resnais; steering clear of explicit politics, he conjures revealing attitudes through reverberant-and often comical-details.

October 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The prolific South Korean writer-director's funniest work ...

September 11, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What Hill of Freedom ends up being is a mixed bag of well-developed techniques and good ideas undone by a thoroughly off-putting central character.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Hong guides this small-scale wonder with a hint of mischief and a knack for deconstructing narratives and reconstructing them into something new and wonderful.

June 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A charming, lovely experience.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok)


Though small in scale this South Korean film is particularly charming and quite funny, with never a dull moment among the natural approach given by the writing and cast's performances. I wouldn't say the film was meant to or even exceed the limit of Art House drama, though it's quite obscure hearing the dialogue mostly in English. But really, the subject matter and drama at play really make the film what it is; a "feel good", "catching up with old friends" type of drama/comedy that barely resembles the type of film viewers would expect to see. Definitely a worth while choice I've seen at MIFF ;)

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