The married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.
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Bongwan, who runs a small publishing house in Seoul, wakes up early, very early this morning. Why is that so? To his wife who asks him for an explanation, Bongwan answers only elusively. He then sets off for work and while walking through the dark streets, he thinks of the woman who left him a month before. Later on, at the office, he meets Areum, his new secretary, a pretty young woman who takes on her first day of work. Meanwhile, at home, Bongwan's wife discovers a love poem written by him. She sees red and rushes like a fury into the publishing office. Mistaking poor Areum for her husband's mistress, she physically attacks her. Written by
'The Day After' (Hangul: 그 후; RR: Geu-hu), is a partly interesting spaghetti of infidelity & romance. Written, Produced & Directed by Hong Sang-soo, 'The Day After' has some really arresting moments & a first-rate cast, but unfortunately, there isn't much in the film stands out.
'The Day After' Synopsis: The married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.
'The Day After' has amusing characters who cross paths, some by coincidence & some by circumstances. And some of the banter between the characters is fun & some really long scenes (done in a single take) hold your attention. But, overall. the film doesn't really leave an impression and thats mainly because the film doesn't leave you with anything. Its pretty decent till you watch it, but nothing about it really stands out. Its at best a watchable film, with some enjoyable moments.
Hong Sang-soo's Screenplay raises some genuine laughs & has some crackling dialogue too, but isn't strong enough to be called memorable. Hong Sang-soo's Direction is mature. He's handled a couple of sequences well. Cinematography & Editing are finely done.
Performance-Wise: Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byeok & Jo Yoon-hee, all are top-notch.
On the whole, 'The Day After' is a passable fare.
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