New digital restoration with a new and improved English subtitle translation. When filmmaker Youngsoo introduces his wealthy gallery owner friend Jaehoon to another friend, the female television writer Soojung, the table is set for a complicated love triangle—a situation that repeatedly fascinates Hong, which at times garners him comparisons to Éric Rohmer. Documenting the resulting emotional tug-of-war with his usual light touch and acuity, Hong’s third film launched Lee Eunju as a star in South Korea and is perhaps the finest cinematic memorial to the departed actress.
"This early film from [Hong] is one of his most radical." - A.S. Hamrah, The Baffler
"Hong is a filmmaker in full control... Virgin Stripped Bare is engrossing, and, true to its devious, fragmented construction, is even more rewarding the second time." - Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
"Highly engaging, dryly humorous. Lee is a striking screen presence." - Derek Elley, Variety