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In only his second film, Hong Sangsoo was conducting stunning structural experiments. In the film’s first part, Jisook, recently free of a relationship with a married man, joins two girlfriends for a vacation in Kangwon, a mountainous region near Seoul in South Korea’s northeast, and quickly starts to make the same mistakes all over again, tumbling into bed with a married policeman after a sloppy drinking party. In the latter section, we catch up with Jisook’s ex-, Sangwon, who happens to be visiting Kangwon at the same time, threatening to cross Jisook’s path.


New digital restoration with a new and improved English subtitle translation.

"Etched with precision and conveying a world of feeling, The Power of Kangwon Province is the second feature by the South Korean director Hong Sang-soo and one of the best films you can see this year." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Complex in structure and subtler in effect. Virtuoso filmmaking." – Time Out

  • Year
  • Runtime
    110 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Korea, Republic of
  • Premiere
    New Restoration
  • Director
    Hong Sangsoo
  • Cast
    Jong-hak Baek, Yun-hong Oh, Yu-seok Kim