Hill of Freedom

Hong Sangsoo
67 minutes


Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director.


“A masterwork. One of his most audacious films. Hong achieves a complexity akin to the grand historical meditations of Alain Resnais.” 
— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Critic’s Pick! Hong Sang-soo’s film, structured as a letter with the pages out of order, is one of his most daring gambits. The ingenuity of the movie’s structure is stimulating and delightful.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Charming, playfully humorous, and gently melancholic. In other words, it’s an instantly welcome bit of sweet cinematic release and couldn’t have arrived at a better time – even though it was initially released six years ago.”
– Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle