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The Day After(그 후)

On her first day at work, Areum replaces Changsook, the lover of her new boss, Bongwan. One day, the wife of the boss finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for Changsook. It is a mess ---- and Bongwan must find out what to do about it.
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The Day After, one of three films this prolific director brought to festivals in 2017 (another one screened in Berlin in February), is an especially elegant presentation of some of his [Mr. Hong’s] characteristic concerns.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

Hong, who again wrote as well as directed, hasn’t suddenly become someone interested in things such as densely plotted narratives and surprise twists, with the few events that happen only excuses to dig a little deeper into the behavior and feelings of his protagonists.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The film is carried along on a powerful undercurrent of regret, and it comes to feel as though Bong-wan is a prisoner in the book-lined office where he ostensibly holds all the power.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Even lesser Hong has its lackadaisical pleasures, and The Day After has its share of wry musings and twitchy banter between characters to counter its visual stasis and lulling storytelling.
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The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

A lazy shoulder shrug of a movie that never bothers to work out who its characters are, what they want, or why their ostensible problems should be of interest to anyone else.
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The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

Infidelity has long been one of Hong’s central subjects, but The Day After might just be his greatest film about the ails of mixing business with pleasure.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

With its drab interior settings, cinematographer Kim Hyung-koo’s uncharacteristically unforgiving black-and-white photography, brutally honest subject matter, and rare moments of catharsis, it’s not the easiest watch. Of course, it’s this very slog that makes bigger moments all the more powerful.
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Screen International by Wendy Ide

All but the most dedicated fans of the director’s work might find this story a little too diffuse and meandering, its rewards too deeply buried beneath the evasive wordiness.

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