Hong Sang Soo (홍상수, born 25 October 1960) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.
In 2016, Hong was reported to be having an extramarital affair with actress Kim Min-hee, who appeared in his 2015 film, Right Now, Wrong Then. Hong admitted to the affair in March 2017, at the Seoul premiere of On the Beach at Night Alone. He filed a divorce suit from his wife in December 2016, but the court rejected his request in June 2019, insisting that only the injured party, Hong's wife, could initiate a legal separation.
Hong's parents owned the film production company Cinetel Soul. Hong took the entrance exam and entered the theater department at Chung-Ang University in South Korea. He then studied in the United States where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his master's at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Movies & TV shows
In Front of Your Face
Hong Sang-soo made a new film.
Hong Sangsoo | Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
A short film about the award ceremony at Berlinale '21 and then also about a snail.
The film follows a young man who tries to find his way in the face of his parents wishes.
The Woman Who Ran
While her husband is on a business trip, Gamhee meets three of her friends on the outskirts of Seoul. They make friendly conversation, as always, but there are different currents flowing independently...
Hotel by the River
An old poet staying for free in a riverside hotel summons his two estranged sons. This is because he feels, for no apparent reason, like he is going to die. After being betrayed by the man she was liv...
In a small café Kim Minhee plays a guest, who prefers to observe and not interact with the other guests herself...
Manhee was accused of being dishonest and fired while on a business trip. A teacher takes photos with a Polaroid camera. She sympathizes with Manhee. Taking photos has given her the ability to look at...
On the Beach at Night Alone
An actress wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.
The Day After
The woman who broke up with the boss on her first day at work was replaced by Areum. The wife of the boss went into the office and made a mistake for the other woman after finding a love note.
Yourself and Yours
Painter Youngsoo hears secondhand that his girlfriend, Minjung, has recently had drinks with an unknown man. This leads to a quarrel that seems to end their relationship. The next day, Youngsoo sets o...
Right Now, Wrong Then
A film director arrives early. He stops by a restored palace before his lecture. She knows he is famous but has never seen any of his films. They eat while they look at her paintings. At an awkward ge...
A short film was made for Venezia 70.
Venice 70: Future Reloaded
Made for the Venice Film Festival's 70th anniversary, seventy filmmakers made a short film between 60 and 90 seconds long on their interpretation of the future of cinema.
Nobody's Daughter Haewon
Haewon, a college student, wants to end her secret affair with her professor, Seongjun. Feeling depressed after bidding farewell to her mother who is set to immigrate to Canada the next day, Haewon se...
A young woman returning to her old school to visit her professor also runs into her old boyfriend and her senior, each of whom has a past with her.
In Another Country
A trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort were the focus of a three-tiered story.
Tony Rayns, the Not-So-Distant Observer
Prominent film critic Tony Rayns has long been a supporter of Korean cinema. This film illustrates Rayns’ affection for Korean cinema through interviews of Korean cineastes that have a special affinit...
Over a slice of chocolate cake, a mother and daughter tensely discuss the good-for-nothing relative whose money troubles have brought them to the seaside town of Mohang. For now they have nothing to d...
The Day He Arrives
Sang-Joon is a professor in the film department at a provincial university. He goes to Seoul to meet his senior, Young-Ho, who works as a film critic. Sang-Joon stays in a northern village in Seoul fo...
A love story between a middle aged professor, a young female student who prepares a movie and a student/filmmaker who drinks too much.
Over drinks, two friends agree to swap fond memories of their recent trips to the same seaside town. As the stories unfold in flashback, it becomes evident their accounts take place at the same time—a...
Like You Know It All
Delightfully comic exploration of the emotional and social geography of a film director.
Lost in the Mountains
Hong Sang-soo’s Lost in the Mountains depicts Misook’s suffering when she discovers her friend Jin-Young has been secretly sleeping with her lover.
Hong Sang-Soo’s Lost in the Mountains (South Korea, 32min) the visitor is the supremely self-centred Mi-Sook, who drives to Jeonju on impulse to see her classmate Jin-Young – only to discover that her...
Night and Day
Kim Seong-nam travels to Paris to escape an arrest, leaving his wife behind in Korea. After he arrives, he meets an ex-girlfriend and is introduced to a small community of Korean artists.
Woman on the Beach
Stymied by writer's block while crafting his latest script, director Kim Jung-rae persuades his friend Won Chang-wook to drive him to a beach resort—where he promptly becomes involved with Chang-wook'...
Tale of Cinema
In South Korea, the paths of two men and one woman intersect and move apart from one another, centering around their love for cinema. A young woman decides to follow a suicidal student who is committi...
Woman Is the Future of Man
One of the two old friends is a successful college professor, while the other is a struggling film maker who recently returned from the United States. They decided to go in search of the young woman w...
On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate
Gyung-soo was passed over for a part and decided to leave and visit his friend. The legend of the "Turning Gate" foretold future events, according to his friend. During his visit, Gyung-soo met Myung-...
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well
A novelist has an affair with two women, finding neither fulfillment nor satisfaction, a married businessman strays from his wife he can't satisfy, a naive young woman surrenders her dignity for her l...
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