heralded, but for me over-rated, Woman Is the Future of Man, and the better, though less seen, Woman on the Beach. Night and Day falls somewhere in between Hong's earlier films in terms of interest and success. While I would not have missed it, I would also not necessarily recommend it to non-film buffs. It's long (nearly two-and-one-half hours), not much happens (in any conven-
tional movie manner) and there is little character growth or change in our non-hero, Sung-nam, played by the very hunky-but-dumpy Kim Young-ho, who appears in literally every scene of the film.
What the movie actually performs is an unraveling of character, both in the sense of a man coming to the end of his rope and the writer/director making clear how feeble a fellow this is on whom we have just spent our 144 minutes. Initially Sung-nam seems rather lost and sweet; by the finale, his constant waffling, followed by the betrayal of one woman after another, have taken their toll on us -- if not him. He'll continue his bad behavior as long as he can get away with it, which -- given South Korean society's general deference to the male -- should probably be quite awhile.
Park Eun-hye, shown at right, two photos above) who for awhile manages to give as good -- maybe even better -- than she gets.