Two weeks ago director Hong Sang-soo and his leading lady Kim Min-hee scored a big win at the Berlin International Film Festival, the third for the pair in the last four years. Kim Min-hee won best actress for "On the Beach at Night Alone" back in 2017. Hong Sang-soo won the Silver Bear for best screenplay for "The Woman Who Ran" last year. And now with this year's "INTRODUCTION" Hong Sang-soo now has back-to-back Silver Bear honors to his credit.
AdvertisementThe news has resulted in an outpouring of interest for the two, who remain the subject of some controversy due to the manner in which Hong Sang-soo left his wife to be together with Kim Min-hee. The two of them have been confirmed as living together in the city of Hanam. Residents in the area report that they have seen the pair in public, though not recently, and that the pair is quite private. They tend to avoid people.
The regression of the two from the public eye has taken on somewhat infamous proportions, given the former outspokenness of the relationship. This resulted in a big surprise win for "INTRODUCTION" at the Berlin International Film Festival, a movie which Hong Sang-soo himself claimed he didn't have high expectations for. South Koreans in general were not aware of the film's existence until its victory, as the movie does not yet even have an estimated domestic release window.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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