WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN (Unrated)
Release Date: March 3rd, 2006 (Cinema Village) by New Yorker Films.
The Cast: Yu Ji-tae, Kim Tae-woo, Seong Hyeon-ah, Kim Ho-jeong.
Directed by Hong Sang-soo.
In Korean with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Two young men, Mun-ho (Ji-tae) and Hyeon-gon (Tae-woo), lust after Sun-hwa (Hyeon-a), a woman from their past.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Both Mun-ho and Hyeon-gon treat women like sex objects. Woman is the Future of Man follows them as they go after beautiful Sun-hwa. Predictably, after talking to her, they both have sex with her—but where’s the chemistry? There’s not supposed to be any chemistry because they’re both relationship based on physical attraction. However, it would have been nice to show at least a little romantic chemistry at one point—are men really this shallow? The sex scenes do include nudity, but they never seem too pornographic in nature. The slim plot doesn’t make this film particularly engaging. However, the visuals serve as the only redeeming entertainment value. Director Hong Sang-soo creates an atmospheric quality to the film with exquisite cinematography—every shot looks like a painting that’s full of life. For example, he films one scene with a large bush with beautiful pink flowers while one of the men and Sun-hwa talk beside it. It’s somewhat refreshing to be immersed in such a quiet, slow-paced film that doesn’t rely on plot twists. Hong Sang-soo does a masterful job of breathing life into single frame.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: i> Woman is the Future of Man doesn’t go beyond the general message that some men can be immature and shallow. The two young men still have a lot to learn about women and how to find true love.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Very slim plot.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Richly-textured visuals, but a slim plot and poor character development which leaves you feeling empty.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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