Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

4 Episodes

Sex, cinema, and soju provide the magic formula for the films of wildly prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, whose at once improvisatory and intricate seriocomedies—frequently involving filmmakers mixed up in messy romantic entanglements fueled by copious amounts of alcohol—offer puckish, penetrating insights into the human condition. This sampler collects a handful of Hong’s best, including two of the whopping three films he released in 2017 alone—the delightfully sunny CLAIRE’S CAMERA, starring Isabelle Huppert, and the woundingly personal ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE, both featuring his collaborator and muse Kim Min-hee—alongside the time-looping romance THE DAY HE ARRIVES, which displays the philosophical and structural invention that have earned him comparisons to French New Wave giants Eric Rohmer and Alain Resnais.

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Directed by Hong Sang-soo
  • Introducing Hong Sang-soo

    Episode 1

    Author Phillip Lopate explores the work of the prolific South Korean filmmaker.

  • The Day He Arrives

    Episode 2

    Directed by Hong Sang-soo • 2011 • South Korea
    Starring Yoo Joon-sang, Kim Sang-jung, Song Seon-mi

    A film director who no longer makes films, Seong-jun, arrives in Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn’t show up, Seong-jun wanders the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he u...

  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    Episode 3

    Directed by Hong Sang-soo • 2017 • South Korea

    Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sang-soo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermat...

  • Claire’s Camera

    Episode 4

    Directed by Hong Sang-soo • 2017 • South Korea, France
    Starring Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee

    A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean master Hong Sang-soo. Huppert plays Claire, a schoolteacher with a camera (that might b...