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The Power of Kangwon Province (Kangwon-do ui him)


Dir. Hong Sang-soo. 1998, 110 mins. 35mm. With Oh Yun-hong, Baek Jong-hak, Kim Yoosuk. Hong’s second film finds him already experimenting with the brokeback, symmetrical structure of later works like Right Now, Wrong Then. In the film’s first part, Jisook, recently free of a relationship with a married man, joins two girlfriends for a vacation in Kangwon, a mountainous region near Seoul in South Korea’s northeast, and quickly starts to make the same mistakes all over again, tumbling into bed with a married policeman after a sloppy drinking party. In the latter section, we catch up with Jisook’s ex-, Sangwon, who happens to be visiting Kangwon at the same time, threatening to cross Jisook’s path.

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