Berlinale: Programme


Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja

On the Beach at Night Alone


Mark Peranson (Actor), Hong Sangsoo (Director, Screenwriter, Producer), Kim Minhee (Actress), Park Hong-Yeol (Director of Photography), Moderation: Anatol Weber

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After an affair with a married man, celebrated actress Younghee decides to take some time out. She travels to the far-off, foreign city of Hamburg. In a conversation with a friend she asks herself if her lover will follow her and whether he misses her as much as she misses him. During her long walks through wintry parks and along riverbanks she attempts to become clear about her feelings and desires.
The question about the meaning of love in our lives is a common theme in all the films of Hong Sangsoo, and yet the answers to this question always appear to just slip from our grasp. Back in Korea, Younghee meets some old friends in the coastal town of Gangneung. They eat and drink together and, as is so often the case in Hong Sangsoo’s films, Korea’s national drink Soju plays an important part. Under the influence of alcohol Younghee provokes, insults and angers the others. Their conversations get more and more out of hand, giving vent to minor and major realisations and truths. Afterwards, Younghee withdraws to a deserted beach. It seems as if she can only truly find herself in nature.

Hong Sangsoo

Republic of Korea 2017

Korean, English

101 min · Colour


Kim Minhee (Younghee)
Seo Younghwa (Jeeyoung)
Jung Jaeyoung (Myungsoo)
Moon Sungkeun (Sangwon)
Kwon Haehyo (Chunwoo)
Song Seonmi (Junhee)
Ahn Jaehong (Seunghee)
Park Yeaju (Dohee)


Written and directed by
Hong Sangsoo
Director of Photography
Kim Hyungkoo, Park Hongyeol
Hahm Sungwon
Yi Yuiheang
Kim Mir, Song Yeajin
Stills Photographer
Kim Jinyoung
Colour Correction
Cho Heedae
Assistant Director
Lee Jeahan
Line Producer
Kang Taeu
Hong Sangsoo


Hong Sangsoo

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1960, after studying at Chung-Ang University, California College of Arts and Crafts and the Art Institute of Chicago, he spent several months at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. His film Night and Day screened in the Berlinale Competition in 2008. In 2010 he won Un Certain Regard at Cannes for HaHaHa; he returned to Cannes with In Another Country starring Isabelle Huppert in 2012. His work most recently featured in the Berlinale Competition in 2013 with Nobody's Daughter Haewon. In 2015 his film Right Now, Wrong Then won the Golden Leopard at Locarno.


1996 The Day a Pig Fell Into The Well 1998 The Power Of Kangwon Province 2000 Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors 2002 Turning Gate 2004 Woman Is The Future Of Man 2005 A Tale Of Cinema 2006 Woman On The Beach 2008 Night And Day 2009 Like You Know It All 2010 HAHAHA · Oki's Movie 2011 The Day He Arrives 2012 In Another Country 2013 Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Haewon) · Our Sunhi 2014 Hill Of Freedom 2015 Right Now, Wrong Then 2016 Yourself And Yours 2017 Bamui Haebyun-eoseo Honja (On the Beach at Night Alone)

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Jeonwonsa Film
Seoul, Republic of Korea
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