WALK UP [blu-ray]
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a film by Hong Sangsoo
2022, 92 minutes
Korean DTS-MA 2.0 | Optional English Subtitles
Pre-order: Ships on December 19, 2023
In his ninth film for Hong Sangsoo, Kwon Haehyo plays Byungsoo, a film director who goes with his daughter Jeongsu (Park Miso), an aspiring interior designer, to a building owned by an old friend (Lee Hyeyoung) already established in the design field. She gives them a tour of the property, which includes a restaurant and cooking studio on the first two floors, her office in the basement, a residence on the third floor and an artistís studio at the top. The three of them amicably chat the day away. But when his daughter leaves to get more wine, Byungsoo is left to spend time with the landlord and the other residents of her building.
With Walk Up, Hong Sangsoo returns to an interest in structure that has been a defining characteristic of his work from the beginning. And this time the structure is a literal one. As Byunsgoo makes his way up the floors of the building, Hong fills these spaces with a profusion of everyday details spanning art, love, career, religion, dietary decisions and home renovations.
-"Walking Up" a video tour of the building featured in the film
- Walk Up press conference from the San Sebastian Film Festival
-Alternate cover art by Brian Hung
-Booklet featuring essay by translator and Korean film scholar Darcy Paquet
"One of Hong's richest fables to date... A remarkably tender film."
-Jonathan Romney, Screen
"[A] benignly sozzled, black-and-white delight... a new flight of fancy up every flight of stairs."
-Jessica Kiang, Variety
"A film of gently discombobulating pleasures, constructed with a care and intricacy that never hinders the life, spontaneity and sense of possibility bursting out of every frame."
-Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times