Woman on the Beach

South Korea / 2006 / 127 minutes / NR

WOMAN ON THE BEACH OPENS IN OUR VIRTUAL CINEMA ON JUNE 19! Watch the film via your local theater’s screening room (coming soon) and half of each ticket will go to supporting them and their staff.

Filmmaker Joong-rae, suffering from writer’s block, takes a trip to the coast with his production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious Moon-sook. Soon after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae’s advances; however, the fickle hero can’t commit and he awkwardly parts with her. What had been a sardonic Jules and Jim turns into a burlesque Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort and attempts to recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles Moon-sook, until his jilted lover shows up…


A new 4K restoration completed by the Korean Film Archive from the original 35mm negative.

  • “A wicked comedy of manners.”

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • “A bittersweet accounting of the geography of desire... Wry and tender and delicately melancholic... shows a newly confident filmmaker again working near the top of his form.”

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • “An immaculately constructed movie. A rueful tale of karmic irony, self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen abandonment.”

    — J. Hoberman, Village Voice
  • “A wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama. Perhaps the greatest achievement lies in its rhythms, the way it beautifully captures the natural flow of ongoing conversation.”

    — Todd McCarthy, Variety
  • "A marvelously acted and memorably atmospheric picture."

    — Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
  • "Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt, but writer-director Hong Sang-soo — South Korea's foremost chronicler of romantic maneuvering — is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his subtle comedy."

    — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
  • "A cinematic tightrope artist: he’s a director whose films walk the fine line between the heaven and hell of the quotidian."

    — Chris Chang, Film Comment

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