Tuesday, April 12, 2022
1:00pm The Power of Kangwon Province (110m)
Hong followed his acclaimed 1996 debut, The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, with this understated diptych concerning a popular retreat in Kangwon, a mountainous region near Seoul. At first, the film centers on the recently single Jisook, who joins two friends on vacation and falls into a romantic entanglement with a local policeman. Then, the focus shifts to a listless professor, Sangkwon, visiting Kangwon at the same time as Jisook. Already in his sophomore feature, Hong’s soon-to-be signatures of knotted affairs and boozy small talk unfold across a bold yet unassuming structural experiment that invites multiple viewings.
3:00pm Hahaha (115m)
A playful, sophisticated meditation on doubling and narration’s relation to the unconscious, masquerading as a gentle summer comedy, Hahaha begins with two friends (Kim Sang-kyung and Yoo Joon-sang) meeting for drinks and comparing notes on their separate trips to the same resort town, and the follies and misadventures they got into while there. But unbeknownst to them, a third party eavesdropping on their conversation discerns quite a bit of overlap and redundancy in the friends’ anecdotes, suggesting, however improbably, that the two men have managed to encounter the exact same cast of characters in their travels.