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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,819, 2 September 2012
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Production Co:

Jeonwonsa Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A man has similar experiences day after day.
8 May 2012 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

This genuinely weird Korean film seemed like a fusion of "Groundhog Day" and "No Exit" but in a style that married Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen. I don't really know if I liked it or not and kind of admire it for that. A Korean film-maker, who has forsaken the art world for a simple life as a rural school-teacher, returns to Seoul to reunite with friends. The first night is an enthralling experience of great, drunken conversation on the nature of chance and identity, with much drunken lust thrown in. Each following day becomes a less satisfying copy of the first. Time has stopped, and only the director seems (semi) conscious of it. I would interpret this work as a kind of confession. The director's development has been entrapped by his vanity even as he strives for a life of modesty. Whatever else, it captures Seoul, and drunken satisfaction- be it intellectual or amorous- very nicely.


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