A Japanese woman visits Gongju to find a Korean man she had a crush on but doesn’t remember what he looks like exactly. A Korean man encounters a Japanese woman who looks just like an old Japanese movie star he has been obsessed with. They meet between accident and fate.
Shape of Tulip is a strange love story between Yuriko, a Japanese woman who comes to Korea in search of a man met in a public phone box in Tokyo on a rainy day, and Seokyoung, a Korean man who meets Yuriko who closely resembles his favorite actress of Japanese classic film. Their meetings are romantic, but they are also strange. Love seeks eternity, but eternity can exist only in images, not reality, the film says. What Seokyoung is looking for is more like a “ghost” in the world of images rather than being in reality. The ambiguity of the real people and things in the various stories of this film can be understood in this context. As the director of the art theater in the film said, “You love the shadows of the world so much, but it is for the first time that you closely look at my shadow,” Shape of Tulip tells us that we cannot live only within the image world. (MOON Seok)
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