My favorite movies are ones that reach out to my sensitivities and pull me into a world that I wish I was part of.
Kangwon Province is Hong's second film, featuring absolutely none of the polish possessed by his recent works. The actors have very little star power, the technical aspects are quiet weak, case in point being that on several occasions the mic slips into the corner of the frame.
And yet, without any of the gloss of a high budget, the fundamental appeal of his movies remain. I still very much enjoyed watching The Power of Kangwon province and I think I…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A group of friends invite an outsider, Elly, to spend time with them. She disappears, and the friends slowly find out the truth. They are confused, and in-fighting begins. Having seen L'Aventura I wondered if the viewer would ever find out what happened to her. But we do, and this gives an even more sinister message then I could ever imagine.
The friends wonder slightly whether they had been rude to her, but end up just blaming her. When it…
The most powerful thing about this movie, which I did not expect, was that as the camera cut between the beautiful performances and the face of the main character, I too found myself under the spell of the music, and began empathizing with the obviously self-destructive obsession of the main character.