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Uriwa sanggwaneopsi

Regardless of Us
Black and white image of a woman, with her back to the camera, walking by night through a narrow alley.
© 2022 Neungso Film Co. all rights reserved
  • Director

    Heong-jun Yoo

  • South Korea / 2023
    81 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


A resonant examination of the relational, Yoo Heong-jun’s clever and considered URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI (Regardless of Us) is one of this year’s auspicious debuts. Troubling connections between the spoken and unspoken, an event and its retelling and fiction and reality, the film’s philosophical inquiries into the nature of recto and verso are mirrored in its sly, bifurcated structure.

Recovering from a stroke, the middle-aged actress Hwa-ryeong receives a string of visits from collaborators on a new film. Alongside well-wishes, the guests share fragmentary details of its plot and its recent premiere alongside revelations of previously unspoken sentiments. From here the film shifts to its second half. Centered on an actress played by Cho – now nameless – figures from the earlier scenes reappear, their relations now wholly reoriented, with any correspondence to everything we’ve seen before left open to interpretation, interrogation and speculation. Shot in black and white with a tendency towards long takes, URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI is admirably understated and spacious, leaving room for Yoo’s finely calibrated script, equally precise performances, and the reflections that both invite. (Jesse Cumming)

Production Yoo Heong-jun. Production company Neungso Film co. (Seoul, Republic of Korea). Director Yoo Heong-jun. Screenplay Yoo Heong-jun. Cinematography Yoo Heong-jun, Kang Hyunjung. Editing Yoo Heong-jun. Music Yoo Heong-jun. Sound design Yoo Heong-jun. Sound Hong Seulki, Lee Heewoo. Production design Lee Subin. Assistant director Lee Heewoo, Park Minsoo. With Cho Hyunjin, Cho Soyeon, Kwak Minkyu, Kim Misook, Choi Sungwon, Il Kang, Lee Yanghee, Park Sunghwan.

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Yoo Heong-jun, born in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 1993, he studied film directing. URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI is his first feature-length film.

Films: 2018: Adeulttaldeul / Sons and Daughters (35 min.). 2020: Pineun janchitjibeseo heullyeora / Let It Bleed on the Banquet (39 min.). 2023: Uriwa sanggwaneopsi / Regardless of Us.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director’s Statement on URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI

  • Black and white image of a man and a woman sitting opposite each other at a table with food and drink. The wall behind the table is covered with posters.


    Sulgi Lie’s “Dream Film and Film Dream?” explains how URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI constantly sweeps the rug from under our feet

  • Black and white image of a woman sitting on the back of a bed. She has a notebook on her lap. To her left is a bedside table with a lamp, flowers and books.

    Director’s Statement

    Yoo Heong-Jun on the endless vibration that inspired URIWA SANGGWANEOPSI

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