Archive of films The Day He Arrives / Bukchon banghyang

South Korea
2011, 79 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2011

Seong-jun has made four films, but he now teaches at a secondary school outside Seoul, where he travels to pay a visit to a friend. When the latter doesn’t answer his calls, he starts wandering aimlessly around the city. Leading Korean director Hong Sang-soo employs a light touch and a sizeable dose of humour to comment not only on the film environment, but also on our attempts to give meaning even to entirely random episodes in our lives.


Synopsis

Seong-jun has made four films, but he now teaches at a small secondary school outside Seoul. He travels to the capital to pay a visit to a close friend. When the latter doesn’t answer his calls, he starts wandering aimlessly around the city; he visits an ex-girlfriend, meets another friend, film critic Young-ho, he comes across a group of youngsters and has a drink with them. In the evening he always ends up in a bar called Novel, where he chats about life, relationships and work with Young-ho, Bo-ram, who teaches film, and bar owner Ye-jeon. One of Korea’s best known and most original directors, Hong Sang-soo employs a light touch, detached insight and a sizeable dose of humour to comment not only on the film environment, which he knows inside out, but also on our attempts to give meaning to entirely random episodes in our lives. The immediacy of the acting performances and the film’s vague sense of time (certain scenes and dialogues recur in cycles) render it an interesting counterpart to the work by American director Richard Linklater, Before Sunset.

About the director

Hong Sang-soo (b. 1960, Seoul) gained renown for his feature debut The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996). This was followed by The Power of Kangwon Province (1998) and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000). These three films were screened in Karlovy Vary in the section Forum of Independents. Hong Sang-soo has written and directed more than ten films, all of which were highly acclaimed at various international festivals, such as Cannes (Woman Is the Future of Man, 2004; A Tale of Cinema, 2005; Like You Know It All, 2009; Hahaha, 2010) and Venice (Oki’s Movie, 2010). The film which competed in Berlin, Night and Day (2008), was also screened in the Horizons section at KVIFF in 2008. The film The Day He Arrives was screened this year at Cannes.

Contacts

Finecut Co., Ltd
Patio House #102 (Bldg. C), 22-14 Bongeunsa-ro 26-gil, Gangnam-gu, 135-907, Seoul
Korea (Republic of)
Tel: +82 256 987 77
Fax: +82 256 994 66
E-mail: cineinfo@finecut.co.kr
www: www.finecut.co.kr

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
   
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo
Dir. of Photography: Kim Hyung-koo
Music: Jeong Yong-jin
Editor: Hahm Sung-won
Producer: Kim Kyoung-hee
Production: Jeonwonsa Films
Cast: Yu Jun-sang, Kim Sang-joong, Song Sun-mi
Contact: Finecut Co., Ltd
   
www: www.finecut.co.kr
YouTube

© 2020 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. festival@kviff.com +420 221 411 011 All contacts

CinemasCinemas PartnersPartners
ProgramProgram About the projectAbout the project
HistoryHistory GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days July 5 - July 8Industry Days July 5 - July 8 ContactsContacts
VideogalleryVideogallery GalleryGallery
ContactsContacts
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide