Directed by Sang-soo Hong and released in it’s home country of South Korea in 1996.
The filmmakers of South Korea are very masterful in their depiction of emotion and the relationships between man and woman and even mere friends. Sang-soo Hong is one of those masters. After viewing a few of his more recent works I decided to go back and visit his debut feature, The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well.
As you would expect, the difference between Hong’s work 15 years into his career is slightly more polished and rounded out than his first cinematic effort but that’s not to say that his debut film is nothing less than riveting. Like his later films, Hong focuses on relationships and gives us a slew of characters for us to watch as they intertwine into each others lives most of them without knowing it.
There are a few violent twists which I have to say I wasn’t expecting after his very family friendly later works and there’s also a lot of sex scenes which give it a raw feel and definitely helps you get to grips with the fact you’re watching this man’s first foray into filmmaking. The sexual tension is high and the characters are very aware of this most of the time.
All in all it’s a great start to a formidable career from Sang-soo Hong.