London Korean Film Night: The Power of the Kangwon Province (1998)


It’s another hot humid summer in Seoul, and a trip to the mountain and temples of Kangwon Province is one way to revive one’s spirit in the aftermath of a breakup. Or not… On the rebound from a love affair with Sang-Kwon, her married university instructor, Ji-Sook joins two girlfriends for a trip to Kangwon Province. Although Ji-Sook is the only woman he has ever loved, Sang-Kwon seems to have moved on and is now searching for a tenured position. His trip to Kangwon Province coincides with Ji-Sook’s, and up in the mountains, both have a brush with the same tragedy. Both also have drunken spats with friends and indulge in joyless flirtations. Ji-Sook meets a friendly policeman she later returns to visit and Sang-Kwon, who has missed a rendezvous with a beautiful woman ends up visiting a prostitute. Ultimately, both leave Kangwon Province lonelier than ever. Will the ephemeral ties which bind the two ever gain substance in the smog of Seoul?

Director: Hong Sang-soo
Running Time: 108
Screening Date: April 30, 2015 / 7pm
Theatre: Korean Cultural Centre UK

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