Friday, April 22, 2011
In the film, film director (the character, not Hong) Jo Moon-kyeong (Kim Sang-kyung) meets up his film critic friend Bang Jong-sik (Yu Jun-Sang) in Tongyeong before Moon-kyeong moves to Canada. Over drinks, they talk about their past happy moments in Tongyeong. Whenever a happy moment is flashed back, they cheer and have a sip. Of course, these moments almost always involve relationships with women, including a tour guide Wang Seong-ok (Moon So-Ri) who is also an amateur poet.
When more and more moments are revealed, and more and more drinking cups are emptied, the audience begins to realize that these two friends may be telling the same moments without even knowing it.
The twisted plot unfolds playfully and effortlessly, even you may wonder from time to time if you are the one who are having too much to drink, instead of the characters. The film certainly has Hong's signature style and his everlasting theme: courtship with women.
In the end, we can sense that Hong is the one who has the most fun making this film. He is the one laughing while many of us might be pondering what kind of joke he has been artfully telling in this film.
"Hahaha" (하하하) is showing at The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 21 - May 5, 2011. Click on the SFiFF54 logo on the right for showtime and ticket information.