“[Hong Sang-soo] delivers another distinctive comedy … a soulful, subtly acerbic, tongue-in-cheek critique of narrative coherence…” – Indiewire
Prolific director Hong Sang-soo, famed for his thoughtful yet wittily comic portrayals of human relationships, presents this tale of a heartsick man pursuing a reunion with the woman he loves. Kwon, a language teacher, receives a bundle of undated letters from her one time Japanese paramour, Mori, written over the past two years after she turned down his marriage proposal.
Feeling faint, she drops the letters, but in picking them up she radically changes their order. Despite this she continues to read, albeit in a non-chronological manner; and there begins a spontaneous recount of Mori’s quests and whims.
Hong uses this device to humorous and often sly effect, as he does the characters speaking in English, their only common language. Branded by TIFF as a “soju-saturated tale of love thwarted”, this is a witty, unusual and constantly surprising Korean comedy. If you are not yet a Hong fan, this will challenge your usual perception of Korean cinema.