2:00pm On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (115m)
After an actor is passed over for a part, he leaves Seoul to go visit an old friend and former classmate; the friend recounts to him the legend of the Buddhist temple Turning Gate, which then, as if by magic, initiates a series of romantic dalliances. First, a young dance instructor falls head over heels for him, and then a married woman swears she knows him from somewhere. He begins to wonder if this second woman is his soulmate, but eerie coincidences and feelings of déjà vu make his choice between the two women ever more uncertain. Hong’s fourth feature is a playful and profound meditation on love, fate, and how we try to make sense of reality’s essential ambiguity. An NYFF40 Main Slate selection.
4:15pm Yourself and Yours (86m)
For his 18th feature, Hong boldly and wittily continues his ongoing exploration of the painful caprices of modern romance. Painter Young-soo (Kim Joo-hyuk) hears secondhand that his girlfriend, Min-jung (Lee Yoo-young), has recently had (many) drinks with an unknown man. This leads to a quarrel that seems to end their relationship. The next day, Young-soo sets out in search of Min-jung, while she—or a woman who looks exactly like her and may or may not be her twin—has a series of encounters with strange men, some of whom claim to have met her before… Yourself and Yours is a break-up/make-up comedy unlike any other, suffused with sophisticated modernist mystery. An NYFF54 Main Slate selection.