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The Day he Arrives
(Book chon bang hyang)

by HONG Sang-soo

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While South Korea mass produces action films, Hong Sang-soo
makes film after film (four over the last two years) which invariably
use the same material: meals washed down with soju, tormented
and indecisive artists, unhappy love affairs. These films are almost a
genre in their own right – the lethargic and melancholy comedy. The
director does not even try to hide their predictable character, as the
title of one his films shows: Hahaha. Watching a Hong Sang-soo film
is indeed being on familiar and intimate ground. Intimacy is what
the main character of The Day He Arrives is looking for in Seoul, as the
film-maker’s alter ego. He spends three days walking, reading, taking
notes to get the feeling he is actually doing something, meets vague
acquaintances and a few friends who are genuine film characters
(critics, directors, students). A stolen kiss, quickly disappearing
snowflakes and a good hangover are but memories of his wandering.
The films displays a subtle, yet bitter irony which does not take the
narrative seriously, in order to blur the image everyone would like to
show to the outside world. JB

  • Titre français
    Matins calmes à Séoul
  • Original title
    Book chon bang hyang
  • Titre international
    The Day he Arrives
  • Photo
    Kim Hyung-ku
  • Montage
    Ham Sung-won
  • Interprétation
    SONG Sunmi, KIM Bokyung
  • Ventes internationales
  • Distribution
    Les Acacias Distribution
  • Ratio

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