A Man and A Woman

A Man and A Woman (2016)

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Sang-min comes to Finland to send her autistic son to a special camp, but she feels extremely alienated in snow covered-white Helsinki. Ki-hong is an architect working in Finland on dispatched duty. His family is not so perfect either with a daughter having child depression and mentally unease wife. The two meet for the first time at the gathering point of this special camp. They get to have a short trip to read morethe camp together in silence but start to feel comfortable and connected to each other. On their way back to Helsinki, with the road blocked from heavy snow, Sang-min and Ki-hong are isolated in a cabin by the forest and lake. Carried away by irresistible passion, they spend a night together. But the next day, they go separate ways without asking each other’s name...

  • Native title:

    남과 여
  • Also Known as:

    Namgwa Yeo;

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DimpleJohn
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Jul 18, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Given the shady subject matter of the movie, there were only a few possibilities that the movie would have to progress. One would be to show how it is never too late to find true love which will eventually help you conquer all the obstacles in its path. The other would be a tale of secret rendezvous, perhaps an abusive husband/neglectful wife and eventual murder of either the problematic spouses or our read more protagonists.
What I got, however, was a very real story of broken individuals with difficult family lives who deal with very believable and relatable situations just trying to figure things out as best they can. There is no antagonist in this piece other than life itself.
In the first half of the movie, we see Jeon Do-Yeon playing a very stoic mother of a mentally handicapped boy who we later learn seems to be the glue that is holding her marriage together. Once she is back on home ground, however, we see her in a different light as she is successfully running her family fashion line and seems more confident that she was in Finland. The moral conflict caused by the affair is more apparent in her character and she portrays the hesitation very well.
Gong Yoo’s character is one that pleasantly surprised me here. Granted I am biased with all matters Yoo, however he lost points when choosing to depict an adulterous father of a depressed child and mentally unstable wife. This role portrayed by any other actor would have come across as sleazy and stalker-ish but with him there is an innocence and vulnerability that oddly makes you root for him and the couple.
Finland itself seems to be a character in the movie as it visually depicts the isolation felt by our protagonists as well as the lack of any warmth in their current relationships. I could go on about the symbolic significance of the sauna in the woods, the hotel suites where our couple has their trist or their train ride in the second half of the movie but that would take forever.
If you are looking for a bubbly romance or are watching with boxes of tissue ready at hand, then this may not be the one for you. If however, you want to see the world from an alternative point of view or just really feel something down to your soul, then I highly recommend this movie.
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Marooya
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Mar 18, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I'm more into K dramas than K movies and it's really hard for me to find something that will leave me with an everlasting impression. Movie industry in general to me has lost its touch long time ago so when I watch something like "A Man and A Woman" with all the "feels" that this movie has given me I was so filled with joy like a child who found his lost read more beloved toy.

This is a movie for those who love character driven stories because it is pretty much all about the "man and woman"'s feelings and how they react to them despite their real life and responsibilities towards their beloved ones. Don't get me wrong the story isn't original, nothing new about it but the way it delivered the "feels" is top notch classic. I felt like watching a movie from the 70s and 80s I really wholeheartedly enjoyed every bits and every second of this beautiful full of feelings story.

Acting: It is not surprising that Gong Yoo would steal my heart and make my heart beat like crazy with every gaze he gave to the woman he loves. This is has got to be one of his best performances! He didn't even had much to say in the movie there wasn't much dialog for him yet he was able to deliver such powerful intense feelings which isn't really new for Gong Yoo he has done it before and he EXCELS in it. Jeon Do-Yeon was perfect she delivered those complicated "silent" emotions in such a good way I was so happy she was GY's partner in this movie (excellent casting choice). As I said "A Man and A Woman" doesn't really have new story there is nothing new here or mind blowing but GY and JDY brought this normal overused story into life and made their characters so real with intense emotions even though they didn't have much dialog. I felt their stares, i felt their gazes, i felt their strong desire for one another, i felt their longing... I swear I almost felt "there has to be something going on between those two in real life howw else can they deliver all that silent intensity just by looking at each other". Thank you for this amazing wonderful performance.

This isn't a movie for everyone, you have to be a classic lover to appreciate this. If you are into the "feels" and "emotions" delivered, if you are into character and emotion driven movies then this movie is for you. If you are looking for happy fluffy romance, if you are looking for a romance where you can cheer on and can justify then this is not your movie. The reason I say this, is because I do believe many people here are low rating classic dramas which had the same feels to this movie so I realized it doesn't appeal to everyone. I've seen this one in the cinema and most of the audience were middle aged and older I guess I wasn't the only one who thinks this is classic one :)

Thank you for this beautiful movie.
Another thing I appreciated is all the whiteness (snow) in this movie even though it was for a short time but it gave me the chills because I remembered my most beloved drama Winter Sonata (not story wise only the sceneries).

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Gong Yoo's interview regarding this movie
http://mydramalist.com/profile/Marooya/feeds/1GJQDXtb
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I get the same feeling after watching both of these movies. Not much dialogues going on but you still fully understand the situations through the character's emotions. And both movies touch the family issues, a kind of movies which makes you "think" a lot i guess.
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    rainbowreflects 29 days ago

    A more mature story, very real, very heartbreaking. The acting was superbe!

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    Bubu Aug 20, 2017

    Gong Yoo you are super as always! I felt every expression of your eyes, your hands... Love you so much <3

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    Panda Apr 29, 2017

    The movies scenery and tone was realy my style.
    Gong yoo and jun do yeon did their very best as always. It touched on many sensitive topics but the movie is mainly about caring for a family whether its hard or not

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    JannetMcGruder Apr 21, 2017

    I really loved this movie. I can't say I'm surprised by the ending, what else could have happened? Still, it was heart moving. Gong Yoo was all things good like always. I truly love this man. Even his silences show great acting ability. The affair was sadly loving and surprisely, for me, not heart wrenchingly wrong. It's a slow movie but worth the watch.

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    PrettyCarEye Apr 17, 2017 - edited

    Moral of the story: As much as we all love the idea of love, marriage isn't about love, it's about loyalty. Loyalty will remain between a married couple long after the love is gone. Therefore, you have affairs and become emotionally entangled with married people at your own risk.

    The entire cast & crew did a superb job. While affair themes always make me uneasy, I have to say this was an incredibly well made film. The script is solid -- the symbolism and subtext woven into the narrative elevates the plot and is as far removed from cliche as you can get. With such great material, the actors were able to give effortless performances that fill you up with emotion, and even empathy for these characters who would've otherwise been quite unlikable. By far, one of the better films about infidelity out there.

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    KarolK Mar 8, 2017

    Beautiful!! <3

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    Hani Dec 27, 2016 - edited
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      Izida Dec 30, 2016
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    VaniaGuerreiro Dec 24, 2016 - edited

    Loved it! Memorable.

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    Momoi Dec 4, 2016 - edited

    I haven't watched this movie yet, but about the introduction - Finnish roads don't get blocked from heavy snow... It might be difficult to drive on really small cabin roads but for that reason we have winter tires and good enough cars to get through the snow :p

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      Izida Dec 30, 2016

      it was magic :D come on, maybe there was a fallen tree etc etc etc, it's good movie :)

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      Momoi Dec 31, 2016

      Yes, it was a good movie, but this one bugged me really bad :''''D

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    HAMEX Nov 24, 2016
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    heavenlene Oct 13, 2016 - edited

    Great cinematography. And you could just empathize with the lead characters. It was kind of "weird" though seeing Gong Yoo in a mature role, hhmmm...;) ;) ;)

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    rheabiel Sep 3, 2016 - edited

    I liked it. The ending got me kicking, Gong Yoooooo!!!!

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      Maria Dec 30, 2016

      @JadeDarcy Thank you ♥

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      PrettyCarEye Apr 14, 2017

      You need to put this under a spoiler tag!

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      PrettyCarEye Apr 17, 2017 - edited
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      rheabiel Apr 18, 2017

      Well, we really would never know the answer since it wasn't specifically implied in the movie, the viewers can only assume. I'm not really a fan of third-wheel-movies-on-marriages but just like someone stated above, oftentimes than not, marriage isn't all about love, its about loyalty.

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      Eddy Zulhilmi May 31, 2017
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    bmore Jul 3, 2016 - edited
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      Marooya Jul 4, 2016
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      Moza Jan 26, 2017

      Im glad i read your writing, im curious about this movie, main reason of course because of Gong Yoo. Unfortunately, I can't stand the adultery scene. So I skip this movie. Thanks to your beautiful writing...

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    NewKDramaAddict Jul 3, 2016

    I usually avoid movies of these sort; however, I must say that this was well done. The writer and director was effective in making me feel sorry for two adulterous adults for different reasons! Great job! Doesn't happen very often!

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    Sali_bali Jul 2, 2016 - edited

    perfect!!!...

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Feb 25, 2016
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.

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