Backtracking from his suicide as a broken and depressed man, the film recounts the life of Yong-ho, from his tragic demise to his innocent youth, in reverse order. In between, he is a student, a solider, a police officer and eventually an investor who loses a small fortune in the stock market.
Lee Chang-dong’s award-winning drama is also a work of brilliant construction, revealing its secrets in clever, surprising, and often devastating ways. Be prepared to be thrown for a loop (more than once), and as a story told backwards, it beat Christoper Nolan’s Memento to the punch.
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States