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Film Review: The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996) by Hong Sang-soo

As a part of the London Korean Film Festival (Lkff)‘s celebration of 100 years of Korean Cinema, Lkff revisits Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo with their screening of his 1996 feature debut, “The Day a Pig Fell into the Well.” “Pig” had skyrocketed Hong to fame; he received the “Best New Director” at the Blue Dragon Film Award, as well as recognition at Rotterdam and Vancouver. Now, upon re-watching “Pig” in its contemporary context, Hong’s themes of love and loss ring clear – and perhaps reflect that romantic relations in the ’90s is, perhaps, not so different from those of today’s.

“The Day a Pig Fell into the Well” is screening at London Korean Film Festival

Much like its titular inspiration, “Pig” entangles four different lives under the thin veneer of supposed romance and rampant sexual desire. Hyo-seop (Kim Eui-sung) is a second-rate novelist who barely scrapes by with his meager earnings.

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