Jo and Bang are two close friends who share a passion for cinema - Jo being a film director and Bang being a film critic. Jo has decided to leave South Korea for Canada, so the two get together for a few drinks, sharing memories and swapping stories about their time on the coastal town of Tong-yung. Sang-Soo Hong's 'Hahaha' is a funny, low-key film in which alcohol, memory and courtship play a major role. Unbeknownst to both Bang and Jo, their adventures on the small coastal town intertwine throughout the story, creating a film that is much about perception, and the equilibrium which exists between two sides of the same story. As the viewer we experience similar characters from each of our main protagonists point-of-view, seeing how they are viewed differently from different point's of reference. This is why the intertwining of the stories isn't simply used as narrative device, but rather a way to simply show the coincidences, circumstances and balance of life itself. Much of Jo and Bang's discussions revolve around love, lust and courtship, as the viewer is given a very genuine look into these two characters love lives. While 'Hahaha' has an intellectual approach in terms of dialogue and structure, it is definitely Sang-Soo Hong's most light-heated, breezy film to-date. While these characters are not perfect (Bang splits time between his mistress and his wife, for example), I think Sang-Soo Hong simply wants to encourage people to be the best person they are capable of being in this world - by reminding us how perception doesn't usually equal reality.
Love of all things cinema brought me here.