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Youngho (Shin Seokho) goes to see his father who is tending to a famous patient. He surprises his girlfriend, Juwon (Park Miso), in Berlin where she is studying fashion design. He goes to a seaside hotel to meet his mother and brings his friend Jeongsoo (Ha Seongguk) with him. In each instance, he anticipates an important conversation. But sometimes a shared look, or a shared smoke, can mean as much as anything we could say to those close to us. For his twenty-fifth feature as director and his first as cinematographer, Hong Sangsoo offers a simple tale of young people on the edge of adulthood. Introduction cuts to the essence of who we are as people, like an unexpected hug on a winter's day.


  • Seok-ho Shin
  • Mi-so Park
  • Young-ho Kim
  • Ju-bong Gi
  • Young-hwa Seo
  • Kim Min-hee
  • Yun-hee Cho
  • Ji-won Ye
  • Seong-guk Ha

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Mar 4, 2021

The film is a modern melodrama of grit, beauty, jagged edges, and resonant dead ends and false starts.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
Mar 3, 2021

This is a ‘minor’ Hong compared to some of the sixteen films he has premiered since 2010 . . . But it’s still a delight, a wistful, smart, chamber piece that gently teases out questions about whether you can love someone without controlling them in some way, whether acting can be sincere or sincerity can be an act, and how much of our life in the present and future is conditioned by our life in the past (a lot, as it turns out – but we knew that already).

Lee Marshall
Screen Daily
Mar 3, 2021

This tiny little movie makes seemingly effortless work of convincing us that a comment, a story, a film and maybe even a whole filmography can be both important and casual — in Hong’s case, radically casual — at the same time. It makes Introduction as bracing as a brief dip in a freezing sea after a rather too soju-soaked luncheon.

Metacritic review by Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang