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Woman on the Beach (2020)



Critic Consensus: Hong brings his usual light touch to this well-acted salvo in the battle of the sexes.

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Widely regarded as acclaimed Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's finest cinematic accomplishment to date, Woman on the Beach concerns Kim Joong-rae (Kim Seung-woo), a mercurially tempered writer/director drafting a screenplay during his stay at an off-season oceanside resort. Joong-rae becomes acquainted with two female vacationers, each of whom unwittingly exposes undercurrents of hostility and self-destructiveness inside of him; he then uses the encounters as script fodder. The film represents Hong's exploration of the machismo, aggression, and hostility that typically lie at the core of the male id and are often exercised in masculine behavior. Woman on the Beach was screened at the 2006 New York Film Festival, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Tae-woo Kim
as Won Chang-wook
Go Hyun-jung
as Kim Moon-sook
Seung-woo Kim
as Kim Joong-rae
Song Sun-mi
as Choi Sun-hee

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

Woman on the Beach, perhaps [director Hong's] most accessible film (and often a funny one, too), is a good introduction, even if it is not a masterpiece. Here's hoping more of his films see the light of an American day.

June 20, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A richly satisfying film that compassionately probes the human heart while preserving its elusive mysteries.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt, but writer-director Hong Sang-soo--South Korea's foremost chronicler of romantic maneuvering--is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his subtle comedy.

April 25, 2008 | Full Review…

You won't need a degree in Korean cinema to anticipate that complications will arise.

April 13, 2008 | Full Review…

The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An elegant serving of comic Seoul food from director Hong Sang-soo.

January 10, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4
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Audience Reviews for Woman on the Beach

I enjoyed this work by Hong, one of his more accessible works. Again about man-woman relationships and this one is entertaining, with some philosophical sidebars on fixations, obsessions. It is quite watcheable and easy to understand, moreso than "woman is the future of man". Enjoy..

alan jay
alan jay

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Hong continues to dissect relationships between men and women, using his unique voice. His strength comes in balancing the arguments between the characters. Woman on the Beach is far more talkative than his earlier, Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelor's. Here, the verbal philosophical musings of the main characters take center stage. Like his previous work, this is a thoughtful film. Thus, it can take a while to get going.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Woman on the Beach," Moon-sook(Ko Hyun-Joung) is not Chang-wook's(Kim Tae-Woo) boyfriend, no matter what he may think. But regardless of the circumstances, she accompanies him as he goes to an off-season resort town with Joong-rae(Kim Seung-Woo), a film director who is hoping to finish the script he is working on. But nothing comes easy. Oh well. At least, Moon-sook is interested in him...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Woman on the Beach" is a moderately engaging movie about miscommunication and relationships. The deliberate pace and long takes(but not the accompanying zooms and close-ups) work in the movie's favor but it is simply too long for something as inconsequential as this. Instead of letting the action unfold naturally, writer-director Hong Sang-soo takes a rather clumsy and forced approach to the material. And the last bit of symbolism is too obvious.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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