Tale of Cinema

Synopsis: In Seoul, the paths of two men and one woman intersect and move apart from one another, centering around their love for cinema. A suicidal student meets a young woman who decides to follow him in his fatal gesture. Coming out of a cinema, Tongsu, an unsuccessful filmmaker, spots a beautiful young woman, and recognizes her : she is the main actress in the film he has just seen. The life of this wavering and distressed young man strangely echoes the one of the young man from the beginning...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sang-soo Hong
Production: MK2 Diffusion
  2 nominations.
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89 min

Photography and Lighting

KIM Hyungkoo, KIM Young Rho

Thank you. Thank you.

Screenplay & Direction

HONG Sangsoo

It's a wise choice.

And It's cheaper here.

It's good to get back to the guitar.

You played bass, didn't you?

It's beautiful.

Your exams are over.

Let's go walking in the mountains.


I don't know.

Keep me posted.

That's typical!

Just say you don't want to come.

Instead of dodging the issue.

It's not that.

Let's go then.

Is walking fun?

Forget it. We'll see.

It's not like before.

You see too many unemployed people,

It's not nice.

Which way are you going?

That way.


- It's too much.

- Take it.

You're having a tough year.

See you at mom's on Sunday.

Thanks, big brother.

Take care.

I made a detour

to avoid going with my brother..

He had given me 200,000 wons.

For once, I was planning

to spend it all.

Do you work here?

Yes, It's my uncle's shop.

How long has it been?

It's been two years, hasn't it?

I'm so happy to see you!

You don't go to school anymore?


I'll study again later.

You haven't changed.

Still good-looking.

I have to go back in.

Go on then.

What about you?

What are you doing?

What if I invited you

to a smart restaurant?

To celebrate our reunion.

You're serious? I finish at seven.

Does that suit you?

You'll come back?

You can?


You work that late?

I'm paid to.

I wasn't sure I wanted to wait.

I decided to take a walk,

I'd see later..

We haven't eaten for two days.

Will you give me rice for my son?

You again!

When you beg, be polite

and don't stir up trouble!

Take this.

Thank you. Thank you.

Chansong, It's rice. Eat it.

I want some sugared water.

Keep the rice for yourself.

I'm not hungry. Eat.


What's the matter?

- Mom!

- Why?

Mom! I want sugared water.


What's wrong, my baby?

My son Is sick.

My son Is sick.

It's typhus!

Chansong, say:



Yongsil had waited for me.

We decided to go to a bar

instead of going to eat.

I felt like smoking.

I bought some cigarettes.

Personally...I didn't think

I'd see you again, Sangwon.

Me neither..

It's so strange and unexpected.

Are you mad at me?

Are you mad at me, Sangwon?

Answer. Tell me the truth.

Give that back, It's my glass.

Drink from your own.

Stop it.

We had realized one day

we were drawn to each other..

But things weren't possible

between us.

She was going out

with one of my friends,

so I gave her up.

We'll end up doing something stupid.

Do you want me...

to be your mistress?

Very funny!

Don't laugh, please.


Do you want me to be your mistress?

Later, if we live apart

if, when I think of the past

I can still tell myself that it was love

That will be enough for me

Now I know

a love that is too deep

Comes to an unhappy end

I shall pray, my love

for my next love

To be different from ours

And so know no suffering

We had obtained permission

to stay out all night.

I was embarassed to hear Yongsil

lie so well on the phone.

Personally, I probably overdid it.

Where shall we go?

Do you want to go home?

I don't feel like it.

But you can if you want.

We decided not to go home.

Do you feel ill?

Are you okay? Do you feel ill?

I think I'm going to die.

Are you okay?

Do you want me to hold you?

Yes, please.

Let go of me, I'll do it...

I'll do it.


Me too...

You're hurting me.


You've had enough, I'm sorry.

Why insist when it doesn't work?

I feel good.

Stay like that.

You're tired.

Why did you leave high school?

My teacher was a pervert.

Always feeling me up...

I see.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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