Woman Is the Future of Man

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  • NR
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.4  (1,856)
  • 63

Woman Is the Future of Man is a South Korean film released in 2004. Directed by Hong Sang-soo, the movie tells the story of two friends, Lee Mun-ho (Yoo Ji-tae) and Kim Hyeon-gon (Kim Tae-woo), who reunite after some time apart to reflect on their past relationships. The story of Woman Is the Future of Man is a minimalist one, focusing primarily on the dialogue between the two characters. Lee Mun-ho is a struggling filmmaker who hasn't had a successful film in quite some time. Kim Hyeon-gon is a successful artist who has always been popular with women.

The two friends meet at a bar and begin to catch up on each other's lives. It's clear that there's some tension between them as they seem to be very different people. This tension is further heightened when they run into Seon-hwa (Hyun-Ah Sung), a woman who both of them had relationships with in the past.

The story then unfolds as we see both men try and win back Seon-hwa's affection. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear that they aren't just after her for love - they're also trying to prove something to themselves.

One of the most interesting aspects of Woman Is the Future of Man is the way it handles its characters. Neither Lee Mun-ho nor Kim Hyeon-gon is particularly likable, yet we become invested in their stories nonetheless. We see them struggle with their own identity, their own shortcomings, and the way they've treated the women in their lives.

The film also deals with themes of identity, masculinity, and misogyny. Lee Mun-ho and Kim Hyeon-gon both struggle with their own masculinity. They view their relationships with women as a measure of their worth as men, leading to some cringe-worthy scenes where they try to one-up each other.

The character of Seon-hwa is also fascinating. She's not just a love interest to be won over - she's a fully-realized character with her own thoughts and feelings. She's a strong woman who isn't willing to play the game of these two men. Her presence in the film adds an important feminist perspective to the story.

The cinematography of Woman Is the Future of Man is notably simple. Most of the film takes place in one location - the bar where the three characters meet. However, it's still visually interesting to watch. The camera is often placed at odd angles or focuses on small details like the glassware or the lighting.

Overall, Woman Is the Future of Man is a thought-provoking drama that deals with complex themes in a subtle way. It's a character study that digs into the psychology of its three leads and leaves the audience thinking about the issues it raises long after the credits have rolled.

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    6.4  (1,856)
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