full title
HAHAHA (2010)
  • Director Hong Sangsoo
    Year 2010
    Status Completed
    Genre drama
    Starring KIM Sangkyung, YU Junsang, MOON Sori
    Running Time 116 min.
    Country of Production Korea
    Festival & Awards 2010 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard Prize
    Synopsis Filmmaker Jo Munkyung plans to leave Seoul to live in Canada. So days before his departure, he meets his close friend BANG Jungshik who is a film critic, at a nearby mountain to drink ‘makgeolli’ a Korean traditional alcoholic beverage made from rice. After a few rounds, they find out that coincidentally, they have both been to the same small seaside town, Tongyeong recently. They decide to reveal their accounts of the trip over drinks, under the condition that they only stick to pleasant memories. Munkyung’s story : he was in Tongyeong to visit his mother before he leaves the country. During his stay, he met a cultural tour guide Seongok by chance. He was attracted to her, but she already had a boyfriend who is a poet and an ex-marine. But Munkyung managed to catch him cheating on her and finally won her heart. Jungshik’s story : he was in Tongyeong on a tryst with his secret lover who is a flight attendant. During his trip, he has a great time with his young poet friend who is now based in Tongyeong and the young poet’s girlfriend. They are in fact the same couple that Munkyung had encountered. He also got to meet many interesting people through the young poet. Not realizing that they were in the same place, at the same time, and with the same people, the two men’s reminicence of a hot summer unfolds like a catalogue of memories.