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The Day He Arrives

Film Information

Exhibition Title The Day He Arrives
Original Title Book-chon bang-hyang
English Title The Day He Arrives
Director Hong Sang-soo
Year 2011
Format HD
Colour B&W
Duration 79'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Yu Jun-sang, Kim Sang-joong, Song Sun-mi, Kim Bok-yung
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Hong Sang-soo
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Kim Hyung-koo
  • Edición / Editing: Hahm Sung-won
  • Producción / Producer: Kim Kyoung-hee
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Jeonwonsa Film Co.
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A filmmaker arrives to Seoul from the town where he now spends his days teaching, since he hasn’t made any movie in the last couple of years. There, he visits an ex girlfriend, meets an old friend, and along with a friend of his they go to a bar (a classic in Hong’s cinema). The three of them will meet the owner of this establishment, who looks a lot alike our main character’s ex (the two roles are played by the same actress) with whom our hero will try to “relate”. This, in different versions, will take place along three concurrent days, although viewers will never know for certain if it’s three days or three versions of the same situation, because no character seems to remember what happened the day before. In The Day He Arrives, Hong presents his version of Groundhog Day, where he establishes clearer than ever the repetitive nature and circularity of these behaviors. This sort of “Groundhog day” presents no easy way out because the “future” is very similar to the past.



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