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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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Youngho
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Bo-kyeong Kim ...
Kyungjin / Yejeon
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Jaehong Ahn
Yoo-ram Bae ...
Student 2 (as Yuram Bae)
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Jeehyung Jung
Joobong Kee
Eui-sung Kim
Hyunjin Koo
Jonghak Paik
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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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Unsatisfying Korean art-house bore
20 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of South Korean cinema, particularly their action thrillers, their horror films, and the art-house movies of Kim Ki-Duk, a guy who's quickly becoming one of my favourite directors. Unfortunately THE DAY HE ARRIVES is a low budget, black-and-white, arty production shot on the streets of Seoul with very little story to propel it along.

The narrative seems to involve a down-on-his-luck former director who revisits some of his old friends in the city during a long weekend. Many of the events that transpire are repetitive, with lots of piano playing, drunkenness, and visits to various restaurants and bars, but there's not really much point to this and zero explanation. There's no discernible beginning, middle or end, either. It feels like the work of a first-time director just finding his feet and asking the viewer to endure with him.

THE DAY HE ARRIVES contains lots of endless ad-libbed scenes with static camera-work. The performances are the only good thing about this; the rest of it is a bore. I was thinking this might be some GROUNDHOG DAY time loop style movie but it's far more subtle and obtuse than that, and by the time it finishes the only thing you can do is scratch your head and move on to the next movie.


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