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Saenghwalui balgyeon AKA On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002) FotW #307

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Saenghwalui balgyeon AKA On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002) FotW #307

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Post by Cocoa » November 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Film of the Week #307: Saenghwalui balgyeon AKA On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002)

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Actor Kyung Soo leaves Seoul to visit an old classmate. The reunion with his friend does not amount to much, but the trip does lead to some romantic encounters.
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He gets involved with two women, first a young college student whom he leaves without a moment's thought and then a woman whom he deems his fated partner. As Kyung Soo becomes increasingly invested in this second relationship, he begins to notice certain coincidences and similarities that recall past pairings, blurring his conception of exactly which woman, which relationship, he is so desperately holding on to.

#489 on 500<400, with 194 checks.
Nominated by joachimt and xianjiro.
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#489(NEW) Saenghwalui balgyeon (2002)
[On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate]

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Directed by: Sang-soo Hong
(258.34 Pts, 8 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–1–3
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This movie fits the current Korean Challenge.



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Post by joachimt » November 18th, 2019, 10:46 am

Sorry for nominating this. I didn't really like it. 5/10
I watched it around the deadline of the FotW-noms for this month and I already submitted my votes.
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Post by sebby » November 18th, 2019, 10:57 am

Also a 5/10 from me. I understand why others like it, but I far prefer more recent work from Sang-soo Hong to his first handful of films.

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Post by 72aicm » November 18th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Same here. Worst Hong on the list.

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Post by Cocoa » November 18th, 2019, 3:57 pm

Don't feel sorry for nominating this, joachimt. If you hadn't nominated it, then there would have been a bunch of 1-vote ties for which film to use to represent the Korean Challenge. It feels awkward whenever I put a film on the schedule that receives only one vote.

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Post by Cocoa » November 19th, 2019, 9:57 pm

Just watched this. I have no positive feelings for this film. It's on the DtC list, so based on the reactions in this thread, I expect this film to drop in rank on that list once it's up for a vote again.

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Post by Armoreska » April 30th, 2020, 12:06 pm

well I liked it better than the other movies of this kind. not sure what the point was tho
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Post by rnilsson19 » April 30th, 2020, 12:29 pm

I find Hong's alcohol-soaked riffs on male sexual politics endlessly fascinating. This is one of my absolute favourites of his.

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