Woman Is the Future of Man

Synopsis: Two college friends get together and reminisce on the woman they both fell in love with at different times in their past, and are thus propelled to find her.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sang-soo Hong
Production: New Yorker Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Woman is the future of man

Produced by Marin Karmitz

Ahn Byungjoo, Choi Seongmin

Yoo Jitae, Sung Hyunah

Kim Taewoo

Cinematography- Kim Hyungkoo

Lighting - Lee Kangsan

Sound- Ahn Sangho

Editing - Ham Sungwon

Music - Jeong Yongjin

Recorder- Live Tone

Producer- Lee Hanna

Screenplay and director- Hong Sangsoo

- Quite a climb...

- Kind of

Luckily, the bus stop isn't far

- How are you keeping?

- We're on a hill

Cab drivers get lost up here

The bus is better


Is this your house?

It's beautiful!

Sorry to have brought you so far

No, don't apologize

This way, I get to see your place

That's true


the house is a real mess

my wife wants us

to go elsewhere

- Do you mind?

- All right

- So, how are you doing?

- Good

I have a present for you

A present?

It's not much

Now you're here

you may as well take a look

You're a rich man now!

My wife is

a very determined woman

We've settled here for good

but a 200-million-won mortgage

the loans from relatives...

It will take forever to pay that off

Well, you've certainly changed

I haven't

The present that I mentioned

- Is this snow, the first...

- It's a little late this year

You can walk on it

It's beautiful

I kept the dog off it

You even have a dog

- Walk on it?

- If you'd like to

All right

It will look like someone walked

just one way

When you went in and back out

- Shall we go?

- All right

Let's go

- This is great

- You don't have a mobile?

- I got rid of it

- Why?

I've forgotten my wallet

I'll be right back

I'll wait here

- Who is it?

- It's me, Open up

- Munho?

- Yes

Munho, is that you?

Just a second

- Thank you, Good-bye

- Thanks

- Thank you

- Good-bye

- What was university like there?

- Hm...

How can I put it...

It's a good university

they all say so

On the staff, they have

one particularly good lecturer

I took his class in the end

Know what he said about my film?

That it's a "gem"

A "gem"? What's that?

A "gem"?

A precious stone

A precious stone?

Isn't the word "treasure"?

Treasure can mean stones too

But a lot of them

Gem is one stone

and "treasure" is a lot

You were wise

to change your main subject

You're a smart one

- Smart, me

- Every university has a film department

Dozens have opened

in the last few years


I don't want to teach

I want to make films

You're right

Make films

So, you're not going to teach?


if a university in Seoul asks me to

why not?

I need to making a living

Exactly, all these film students

what will they do?

Film isn't like Korean or English

It will be hard for them

I pity them

I'll write a screenplay first

I'll need time to adjust here

This will make you laugh

When I went back for my wallet

my wife was smoking

in the bathroom

Does she smoke?

Usually, no!

I caught her red-handed


But I didn't say anything

Before, I'd have kicked up a fuss


I see her

less as a woman or a wife

and more as a human being

I tell her, "Live your life!"

Something like that

You're kind to her

There again, it's best not to smoke

When she sleeps by our kid

she looks so beautiful

I believe that proves

that she's a good wife

True, you made a good match

You're lucky to have met her

By the way, if you hug my wife again

you'll hear from me!

What do you mean?

Remember when we visited you

in the USA

you hugged her 'American-style'

- I didn't say anything...

- Hey, that's just...

I didn't hug her...

- That's hello

- Shut your mouth!

Just don't do that!

You're not a Yankee!

Chili pepper noodles

- Here you are

- Just a second, please

- I'm sorry but...

- Huh?

I make films

Are you interested in acting?

- Films?

- Yes

I'm a director

I'm looking for real people

to play parts in my film

Not for a documentary

but for a real film

I don't think so

Why not? Don't I seem honest?

You have an interesting face

That's why I'm insisting

I'll give you my number

You'll think about it?

No, really

I couldn't do it

I'll leave you now

Come here

Is something wrong?

What did he say?

He's a director

- He wants me to be in a film

- What kind of director?

- I don't know

- He's a director?

- So he says

- He asked you to act?

The idea of it!

You lack ambition

That's why life disappoints you

Look, he's watching you


What are you doing here?

What's up?

Are you well?

If you're not busy, we can talk...

I'd like to but...

Is your military service over now?

You didn't know?

I didn't know

So, how are you?

Why don't we go somewhere

to talk?

What about?

I'm supposed to meet a friend

You'll meet your friend

This won't take long, come on

I just got out of the army

You really don't have a minute?

I know but...

Can't it wait a day?

I have to meet a friend


Look at me!

It's me!

Snap out of it!

Don't do this to me

I'll bring you back in no time

Quickly, then

Why do you always

keep me waiting?


What's wrong?

Have you been waiting long?

It's a beautiful day

Sorry, I'm late again

What's the matter?


I was kidnapped

I'm really sorry

I was kidnapped

and taken by force to Puchon

By whom?

A guy I know

He turned up out of the blue

He found me

after he got out of the army

He knew we see each other

He knew what time

I go to the hospital

He was waiting for me

Who is this guy?

We used to be in the same club

at high school

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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