Woman on the Beach

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For the 1947 American film, see The Woman on the Beach.
Woman on the Beach
Woman on the Beach film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hanja 女人
Revised Romanization Haebyeoneui Yeoin
McCune–Reischauer Haebyŏn'ŭi Yŏin
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Produced by Oh Jung-wan
Written by Hong Sang-soo
Starring Kim Seung-woo
Go Hyun-jung
Song Seon-mi
Kim Tae-woo
Music by Jeong Yong-jin
Cinematography Kim Hyung-koo
Edited by Hahm Sung-won
BOM Film Productions
Distributed by Mirovision
Release date
  • 31 August 2006 (2006-08-31)
Running time
127 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $749,147[1]

Woman on the Beach is the seventh feature film by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, and was released in 2006.[2][3][4][5][6][7] [8][9]


Film director and screenwriter Kim Jung-rae asks his friend Won Chang-wook to drive with him from their homes in Seoul to the resort town of Shinduri, on the western coast of South Korea. Chang-wook initially resists, but accepts the request on the condition that he can bring Kim Mun-suk, a composer and aspiring singer whom he describes as being his girlfriend. Jung-rae is writing a treatment for a film titled "About Miracles," concerning the mysterious connections that secure everyday life—themes that play a major role in the work of Hong Sang-Soo. Mun-suk quickly makes clear that she does not consider herself Chang-wook's girlfriend, and she finds herself and Jung-rae increasing drawn together. As the three drive on, Mun-suk discusses her years living abroad in Germany and reveals that she has had a number of relationships with Europeans, a fact that greatly disturbs both Chang-wook and Jung-rae. Mun-suk is particularly disappointed in Jung-rae's reaction, claiming, "You're not like your films." Nevertheless, Mun-suk and Jung-rae later kiss on the beach and then sleep together in a low-rent hotel room.

The next day as the three drive back to Seoul, Jung-rae pulls back from his intimacy with Mun-suk and returns to the beach alone two days later. Missing Mun-suk despite his actions, Jung-rae hits on two women, one of whom vaguely resembles Mun-suk, by introducing himself as a film director and asking to interview them for his screenplay. Jung-rae proceeds to seduce Choi Sun-hee in much the same fashion as he had Mun-suk just a few days prior. While sleeping with Sun-hee in the same beachside motel where he'd been with Mun-suk, Jung-rae is surprised to find that Mun-suk has returned to Shinduri, found his room, and started banging on the door loudly and very late at night. Jung-rae sneaks Sun-hee out of his room through a separate exit the next morning as Mun-suk sleeps at the foot of his door with a terrible hangover. Jung-rae attempts to reconcile with Mun-suk and lies about his night with Sun-hee, although his lie is increasingly transparent to all concerned. Having alienated Mun-suk and left Sun-hee without a goodbye, Jung-rae returns to Seoul with a creative breakthrough on his screenplay.



Woman on the Beach was released in South Korea on August 31, 2006, and received a total of 225,388 admissions nationwide.[10][11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2006 Busan Film Critics Awards[12]

2006 Korean Film Awards

2006 Director's Cut Awards

2007 Asian Film Awards

2007 Baeksang Arts Awards

2007 Grand Bell Awards


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  2. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung to Make Film Debut". KBS Global. 22 March 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  3. ^ "해변의 연인 (The Woman on The Beach) Presentation Report". Twitch Film. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  4. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung Poised for Belated Big-Screen Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  5. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (18 April 2006). "Bed Scenes". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  6. ^ Bae, Keun-nim (18 April 2006). "Ko Hyeon-jeong to Debut on Big Screen". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung: More at Ease in Her 30s". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  8. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (22 August 2006). "Actress Ko Back With First Film". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  9. ^ Shin, Hae-in (13 September 2006). "Actress takes off mask in 'Woman on the Beach'". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2006: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  11. ^ Thompson, N.P. (31 May 2008). "Movie lacks redemption, in a good way". Northwest Asian Weekly. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  12. ^ "The Woman on The Beach - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2009-02-26.

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