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The Day He Arrives (2011)

Book chon bang hyang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 September 2011 (South Korea)
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A professor in the film department at a provincial university goes to Seoul to meet his senior, who works as a film critic, and stays in a northern Seoul village for three days.

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Sang-soo Hong

Writer:

Sang-soo Hong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joon-Sang Yoo ... Sungjoon
Sang-Jung Kim ... Youngho (as Sang Jung Kim)
Seon-mi Song ... Boram
Bo-kyeong Kim Bo-kyeong Kim ... Kyungjin / Yejeon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-hong Ahn Jae-hong Ahn ... (as Jaehong Ahn)
Yoo-ram Bae Yoo-ram Bae ... Student 2 (as Yuram Bae)
Hyeon-jin Baek Hyeon-jin Baek ... Composer
Hyun-Jung Go ... Movie fan
Jeehyung Jung Jeehyung Jung
Joobong Kee Joobong Kee
Eui-sung Kim
Hyunjin Koo Hyunjin Koo
Jonghak Paik Jonghak Paik
Sumin Park Sumin Park
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A professor in the film department at a provincial university goes to Seoul to meet his senior, who works as a film critic, and stays in a northern Seoul village for three days.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day He Arrives See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,311, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$13,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$322,348
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Production Co:

Jeonwonsa Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fascinating film about how we write our lives...
30 June 2019 | by tony-mastrogiorgioSee all my reviews

This is me second Hong Sungsoo film. The first, Alone on the Beach At Night, was very good with an excellent performance by Kim Min-hee..

This is in similar territory. In real life Sungsoo had an affair with Min-hee, which became a tabloid scandal. He has apparently made several films set in and around the film world dealing with fictional variations of their story.

In The Day He Arrives, a former director returns to Soule to see an old friend and encounters a combination of former acquaintances, and new people, some of whom know him by reputation.

In very subtle ways events replay with variations. People seem unaware of previous conversations, encounters are slightly too dramatic and revealing, women react - more or less like they might be in a movie.

The movie never directly says that it's about constructing stories but there are hints. We see him writing, we hear him doing voice over that seems no more aware of other events than characters are. The overall sense is of the director character reworking his entangled life and trying to put it into a story.

Just as the real director. Hong Songsoo is doing in film after film. Highly recommend this moving, intelligent film


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