U Ri Sunhi
South Korea | 2013 | 88 minutes | Hong Sang-soo
Sunhi is a smart, artistic-minded girl. At least that’s what the three men who fall for her think. This clever, upbeat film follows the effect charming film student Sunhi has on all the flustered, smitten men she comes into contact with, as she tries to get a recommendation letter out of her former professor.
May 27, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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June 2, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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The wry, delicate films of Hong Sang-soo have been among the great delights of international cinema over the past several years. Our Sunhi is the latest beguiling variation on the director’s eternal subjects of thwarted romance, the impossibility of truly knowing another, and the consumption of vast quantities of alcohol. Sunhi (Jung Yumi), just graduated from film school, asks her former instructor Professor Choi (Kim Sangjoong) for a letter of recommendation. He agrees to provide one, though he ominously stipulates that he can only write an “honest” letter. Back on campus, Sunhi calls up her ex-boyfriend Munsu (Lee Sunkyun) in order to confront him over his debut feature, a transparent recreation of their failed relationship. While Sunhi determines to flirt Professor Choi toward more effusive praise, Munsu—whose torch still burns bright—finds a sympathetic ear to his tales of lover’s woes in old friend Jaehak (Jung Jaeyoung), before Jaehak himself encounters Sunhi and finds himself equally drawn to her. These crossing, tangled lines of attraction—each man unaware of the other’s desire and equally blind to those Sunhi might have for herself—intersect in the low-key yet magical fashion Hong has made uniquely his own.
A regular among the festival circuits, Hong Sang-soo is one of Seoul’s greatest contemporary filmmakers. Sang-soo received a bachelor’s degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and a master’s from the Art Institute of Chicago before his directorial debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well, in 1996. Sang-soo’s low-budget arthouse style tends to focus on the competing feelings of malaise and closeness in everyday relationships.
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|Principal Cast:||Jung Yumi, Lee Sunkyun, Kim Sangjoong|
|Running Time:||88 minutes|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Locarno International Film Festival 2013 (Best Director)|
|Filmography:||In Another Country (2012); The Day He Arrives (2011); Oki’s Movie (2010); Ha Ha Ha (2010); Like You Know it All (2009); Night and Day (2008); Woman on the Beach (2006); A Tale of Cinema (2005); Woman Is the Future of Man (2004); Turning Gate (2002); Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000); The Power of Kangwon Province (1998); The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996)|
|International Sales:||Finecut Co.|