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Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000)

Oh! Soo-jung (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 May 2000 (South Korea)
Relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illusions. Bitter-sweet serenade to modern courtship.

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Sang-soo Hong

Writer:

Sang-soo Hong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eun-ju Lee Eun-ju Lee ... Soo-jung
Seong-kun Mun ... Young-soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Won-hee Cho Won-hee Cho
Myeong-gu Han Myeong-gu Han
Jeong Ho-Bong Jeong Ho-Bong
Lee Hwang-Ui Lee Hwang-Ui
Bo-seok Jeong Bo-seok Jeong ... Jae-hoon
Yeong-dae Kim Yeong-dae Kim
Mi-hyeon Park Mi-hyeon Park
Cho Ryeon Cho Ryeon
Mi-jung Song Mi-jung Song
Seon Yu ... (as Yu-Seon Wang)
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Storyline

A young man arrives at a hotel for an assignation; she calls to say she's not coming. He is Jae-hoon, she is Soo-jung; they've met through Young-soo, an independent filmmaker. Soo-jung writes for Young-soo; Jae-hoon may finance his film project. From varying points of view in two long parallel flashbacks, we see what precedes the hotel date. Details differ, and each account includes events missing from the other. Characters are quiet and self-contained, then animated; victims apologize. Each character frequently asks, "Really?" What has really happened? Is one account more accurate? Is a kiss the most enjoyable and promising human contact? Connections are tenuous and fragile. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

27 May 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors See more »

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Production Co:

Mirashin Korea See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The bulk of the movie was filmed in sequence. This includes multiple scenes set at the same location, which would normally be shot together for the sake of money and convenience. See more »

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Two sides of a love story
25 April 2001 | by CallistoSee all my reviews

According to the synopsis in the film festival booklet, the movie plays like a Rashomon of a love triangle. Well... kind of.

Despite its provocative title, Virgin is essentially a romance, with a deflowering at the end of it. But it is told from the different points of view of the two lovers. The black and white film starts off with the man, Jaewoon, begging his girlfriend to meet him.

We then go through 7 days/stages of the courtship from his point of view, and then the same 7 days/stages as how Soojung saw it. I saw the POVs as memories of what the two protagonists had of their courtship.

The differences are subtle but I felt they were very real. People tend to have different perception of the same event, or they may remember different salient points, or even mix up memories.

For example, in one kissing scene, Jaewoon remembers sweeping a fork off the table while Soojung thought it was a spoon. The events and dialogue also get mixed up as memories get hazy. For instance, a particular dialogue about drinking took place in two places in the different versions.

I really enjoyed the movie even though I do not like the romance genre in general. It was something I could relate to. Especially in courtships, both parties usually have slightly differing views of how it REALLY happened.


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