Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors

Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors

South Korea / 2000 / 126 minutes / NR

When filmmaker Young-soo introduces his wealthy gallery owner friend Jae-hoon to another friend, the female television writer Soo-jung, the table is set for one of the complicated triangular relationships that fascinate Hong, a preference which at times has garnered him comparisons to Éric Rohmer. Documenting the resulting emotional tug-of-war with his usual light touch and acuity, Hong’s third film launched Lee Eun-ju as a star in South Korea, and is perhaps the finest cinematic memorial to the actress, who took her own life at age 24.


New digital restoration with a new and improved English subtitle translation. 

  • Director

    Hong Sangsoo

  • Producer

    Ahn Byoungju
    Choi Ingi

  • Cast

    Lee Eunju
    Mun Seongkun

  • "This early film from a director who has now made over twenty more is one of his most radical."

    — A.S. Hamrah, The Baffler
  • "Hong is a filmmaker in full control. Virgin is never less than engrossing, and, true to its devious, fragmented construction, is even more rewarding the second time."

    — Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
  • "Highly engaging, dryly humorous. Lee is a striking screen presence."

    — Derek Elley, Variety

Where to Watch