Invited to serve on the jury at a film festival, Director Ku does not care about his supposed-to-dos. Ku runs into an old friend who insists he come over for dinner, and he stays the night. Yet the next day, Ku finds himself in trouble with an alleged accusation of seducing his friend’s wife.
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The story of a nice guy surrounded by hysterical women. He loves frogs and caterpillars, they seduce and deceive him. Of course, you'll encounter critics who'll object to my description. Feel free to choose by yourself. I love Hong Sang-soo. Recommended.
This work is maybe his most light and accessible. it's more directly funny also... At the same time, it's a perfect achievment on the philosophical way taken by HSS, more mastered, less experimental. Maybe his more serene film at this time, with some honest questions on his own cinematographic "method".
A life unexamined abounds with regrets. It takes a mature filmmaker to put their own immature ways under the microscope and analyze themselves with such brutal transparency. The parallel narrative structure effectively illustrates how the main character cannot help but repeat his mistakes, but the latter half falls apart without an ebullient character like Jung Yu-mi's zealous Yoo Shin from the former half.