"Life is too complicated to be interpreted in an ideological way", he told AFP ahead of his master-class at the Cinematheque. Hong was also quoted as telling the AFP: "It is always a tiny but concrete thing from reality that shakes my convictions, and it is precisely this discovery in itself that interests and stimulates me the most".
Richard Brody, writing last week in The New Yorker, described "Ha Ha Ha" as being an extraordinary film "cleverly structured as a series of flashbacks from the reminiscences of two friends who meet at a bar and liberate their romantic tales with plenty of alcohol".
Brody also notes: "We're still waiting, here in New York, for a theatrical release of Hong's equally fine, tightly-sprung, self-punishing, cinema-centric drama 'Oki's Movie', one of the jewels of last year's New York Film Festival.
Earlier this year, Hong Sang-soo was also featured in a retrospective at Harvard University's Film Archive. Hosted in conjunction with the university's Korea Institute, the retrospective "Play it as it Lays" screened eight of the director's 11 works.
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