A young man arrives at a hotel for an assignation; she calls to say she’s not coming. He is Jae-hoon, she is Soo-jung; they’ve met through Young-soo, an independent filmmaker. Soo-jung writes for him; Jae-hoon may finance his film project. In two long parallel flashbacks, from varying points of view, we see what precedes the date at the hotel. Details differ, and one account includes events missing from the other. Characters are quiet and self-contained, then animated; victims apologize. Each character frequently asks, “Really?” What has really happened? Is one account more accurate? Is a kiss the most enjoyable and promising human contact? Connections are tenuous and fragile.
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Oh! Soo-jung) is a 2000 South Korean comedy-drama film, directed by Sang-soo Hong. It follows the romantic travails of a video producer and a gallery owner, and the web of deceit they spin around their relationship. It was an early success in the short career of female star Lee Eun-ju, who would commit suicide five years later.
Sang-soo Hong (writer)
Starring Mun Seong-kun, Lee Eun-ju