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The Day He Arrives(북촌방향)

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Korea · 2011
1h 19m
Director Hong Sang-soo
Starring Yu Jun-sang, Kim Sang-joong, Song Seon-mi, Kim Bo-kyung
Genre Drama

Sang-Joon, a film professor, travels from his provincial town to Seoul to meet his old friend, who is now working as a film critic. When his friend does not show up, Sang-Joon finds himself all alone in a northern Seoul village. Wandering aimlessly for three days, he has a series of drunken chance encounters.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.


Variety by Justin Chang

An agreeably meandering exercise that brings some clever French New Wave fillips and structural repetitions to Hong's characteristically boozy party. Rougher but more approachable than his previous "Oki's Movie."


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives - shot in luminous black-and-white - might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog Day."


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has nowhere to go. And so he returns to a bar, a woman and situations that are always the same and yet always different - snow falls during one kiss but not another - playing a director whose life resembles a movie he keeps remaking.


Village Voice by Nick Pinkerton

Like Rohmer, Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

The Day He Arrives is a talky movie, full of long, boozy scenes and cosmic coincidences - and in that it echoes Allen, as well as Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, and the best of British kitchen-sink drama.

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