Young-hee (Kim), a successful actress, travels to Germany to visit an old friend and to get some distance and perspective on a failed relationship with a married director. After an uncertain time lapse, Young-hee is back in Korea with old friends, but the former romance still weighs heavily on her. She then runs into her old lover at a party, and with Soju wine flowing freely, confronts her ex-lover with angry insults and home truths.
Winning the best actress award at the Berlin film festival, Kim is the emotional heart of this plaintive study of male/female dynamics. Sticking with his familiar themes of loneliness and searching, with introspective characters musing about life and love, Hong infuses this film with autobiographical details more familiar to a home audience, who are well versed in his extramarital affair with Kim. Tabloid fodder aside, the director delivers an elegy to the melancholia and regret surrounding a lost relationship.