Archive of films The Day After / Geu-hu

South Korea
2017, 92 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

Areum is looking forward to her first day of work at a small publishing house, unaware that she’s replacing the boss’s lover who recently left him. She is therefore caught off-guard when the boss’s wife causes a scene in the belief that Areum was to be the recipient of a love letter the wife found in her husband’s correspondence. A low-key black-and-white drama of love, separation, and jealousy.


Areum looks forward to her first day of work at a small publishing house. Until recently, her boss Bongwan was in a relationship with the girl Areum is replacing. Like every other day, Bongwan leaves home early, and on the way to work he thinks constantly of the love he has lost. But today his wife finds a love letter he wrote and she heads to the publishing house. There she mistakes Areum for the woman who was having an affair with her husband. Hong Sang-soo had two films this year at Cannes: while the Special Screening of Claire’s Camera (La caméra de Claire) with Isabelle Huppert is in color, the competition film The Day After is black-and-white. This low-key drama of love, separation, jealousy, and disappointment recalls another of the director’s key traits: locating the film at a book publisher’s and in a restaurant where the characters engage in long conversations, a plot involving mix-ups and misunderstandings, and, especially, the blending of irony and melancholy – all are reminiscent of Éric Rohmer.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Hong Sang-soo (b. 1960, Seoul) studied film in South Korea (Chung-Ang University) and the United States (California College of Arts and Crafts and the Art Institute of Chicago). Since the mid-1990s his writer-director films of minimalist style and specific narrative structure have had festival screenings in competition or as part of the official program – these include Rotterdam (The Day a Pig Fell into a Well, 1996), Cannes (The Power of Kangwon Province, 1998; Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, 2000; Woman Is the Future of Man, 2004; A Tale of Cinema, 2005; Hahaha, 2010; The Day He Arrives, 2011; In Another Country, 2012; The Day After, 2017), Berlin (Night and Day, 2008; Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, 2013; On the Beach at Night Alone, 2017), Venice (Oki’s Movie, 2010), and San Sebastián (Yourself and Yours, 2016). Karlovy Vary audiences have seen many of his films, and the director was a member of the main jury in 2004.


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About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo
Dir. of Photography: Kim Hyeong-gu
Music: Hong Sang-soo
Editor: Ham Sung-won
Production: JEONWONSA Film Co.
Cast: Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-hee, Kim Sae-byuk, Cho Yun-hee
Sales: Finecut Co., Ltd

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