I think the film was aptly directed to suit the mood and to reflect Anna’s loneliness and her journey to seek consolation. LA’s approach is very greyish, somber and somewhat depressing. I keep forgetting I need to watch the 60s movie. For me, it was good and enjoyable (I didn’t fall asleep or anything and that’s good enough), but sadly it didn’t quite pack the right punches for me (I’ll get to that later). I can’t recall it exactly (I vaguely remember a merry go round and an odd time lapse…maybe…. It opens in the country cottage of John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie), who are curled up before the fire, working, while their children play outside.There is never a moment when this scene in the British countryside seems safe or serene. And what was the dancing all about? I don’t think Hoon’s difficult to pull off at all (it’s all done before in K-drama and most actors are capable of doing it), but not everyone is a chemistry magnet and can click with anyone. It (writing) was IMO, mediocre at best. but there was just something missing. On the bus, she meets Hoon, a “companion for hire” for lonely, older women, who is on the run from his client’s mad husband. I think you summed up this movie very well. Ha! Hyun Bin played Hoon with suaveness and charm, and stretched it even more with underlying endearment and sensitivity. Saw Late Autumn at last, after 2 years of waiting. They injected a good amount of depth and nuance into their characters and convinced me well enough that they connected right off the bat. What I knew from before – Tang Wei had won numerous awards and accolades for her performance as Anna, yes even in Korea (that must mean something I thought). It makes complete sense, but I wasn’t entirely convinced. I liked that she didn’t have to say anything and I could feel her world and loneliness thru her eyes. At times when he converse in English, it seems like he’s ‘singing’ (hard to explain). She was the revelation for me in this film. Both find something in each other while spending a day together in the misty, autumnal city of Seattle. I also had some gripes with the pacing of the story and about how some of scenes just felt a tad disjointed. His connection with Tang Wei’s Anna was believable, delivered so convincingly that it was difficult not to love him. Cos it sure did seem out of place when Anna suddenly joined Hoon’s mimicking. UK & Ireland ... costume designer Jo Sang-gyeong (Oldboy) and cinematographer Kim Woo-hyung (Late Autumn). I don’t know but it was weird) but it was this really odd sequence that felt somewhat out of place and it threw me off and took me out of the film for a moment. There isn’t much light or vibrancy to the tone or mood at all. My fav scene of all has to be that of Anna confiding in Hoon in Mandarin. The mimicking part was interesting, but when they got to the dancing part, the steam just cut-off, I felt I was watching something totally different. To communicate and interact, to defend and protect, and to love and care. Perhaps it’s just the preconceived notion that I’d had – that it’s impossible to feel so much and so deeply for another individual in a span of 1-2 days, that understanding and connection takes time to build and forge. And a well known director Kim Tae Yong to helm the production. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. She rarely overacts, and neither does she underacts. Grey skies, dark clouds, rain, desolation, you name it. You won’t be disappointed I assure you. That regardless of time, space (and race), it’s merely about 2 people connecting through something that they have in common – loneliness and the yearning to have company. I agree with everything you’ve said, chingu! Anna is on her way to Seattle to attend her mother’s funeral on a special weekend release from prison where she is serving time for manslaughter for killing her abusive husband.