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The Day He Arrives (북촌 방향)

북촌 방향 (Book-chon Bang-hyang)

Directed by Hong Sang-soo (홍상수)

Screenplay by


79min | Release date in South Korea :

Seongjun heads to Seoul to meet a close friend who lives in the Bukchon area. When the friend doesn’t answer his calls, Seongjun wanders around
Bukchon and runs into an actress he used to know. The two talk for a while, but soon part. He makes his way down to Insadong and drinks makgeolli (rice
wine) by himself. Some film students at another table ask him to join them--Seongjun used to be a film director. He soon gets drunk and heads for
his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Whether it’s the next day or some other day, but Seongjun is still wandering around Bukchon. He runs into the actress again. They talk and soon part. He
eventually meets his friend and they head to a bar called Novel with a female professor his friend knows. The owner of the bar has a striking
resemblance to Seongjun’s ex-girlfriend. He plays the piano for her.

Whether it’s the next day or some other day, Seongjun goes to the Jeongdok Public Library with his friend and mentions that it was the first place he
chased after a woman. Later, they have drinks with a former actor who had been doing business in Vietnam. The same female professor joins them and the
four go to the bar called Novel. Seongjun gets drunk and ends up kissing the owner of the pub…

Seongjun may have spent a few days in Seoul with his friend, or it may still be his first day there. He may have learned something from the encounter
with his ex-girlfriend, or may have to meet the woman that resembles her again, for the first time. As life presents itself in no more than today’s
worth of time, Seongjun also has no other choice than to face his “today”.

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  • Deconstructing Hong: Master of complexity, contradiction in film

    2012/06/07, Source,
    Film director Hong Sang-soo When interviewing Hong Sang-soo, there are a few taboo queries the director refuses to answer directly. Any question regarding his intention regarding one of his films or whether he wanted to send a particular message through his work is always answered with an aloof ambivalence. Last month, Hong attended the Cannes Film Festival for the eighth time with his film "In Another Country", starring French art-house queen Isabelle Huppert. The film was invited to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize, which this year went to Austrian director Michael Haneke's film "Love",...More
  • Two Korean Movies Invited to Compete at Cannes

    2012/04/20, Source,
    Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country" and Lim Sang-soo's "The Taste of Money" have been invited to the 65th Cannes Film Festival next month. This marks the fourth time that two Korean films have been selected for the official competition of arguably the world's most prestigious film festival in the same year,...More
  • Hong Sang-soo Film Retrospective @Museum of the Moving Image March 17, 18, and 23, 2012

    2012/03/05, Source,
    The Korea Society film fans celebrate Asia Week with a screening of works by celebrated director Hong Sang-soo ("The Day He Arrives", "Ha Ha Ha"). Since he debuted with 'The Day a Pig into the Well' in 1996, all of his films were invited by prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and New York Film Festivals, and began to receive worldwide attention. We present highly acclaimed 5 films and they will be shown at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image, home to New York City's finest, state-of-the-art screen. This retrospective is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,...More
  • KOFIC and Korean companies at HK Filmart

    2012/03/05, Source,
    (March 19 – 22, 2012) with sales companies such as 9ers and Mirovision. The Korean booth will also play host to production companies Film Factory Nu:n, Inc. and P.A.M. Korea Media as well as technical services companies Studio SH, Moneff and Studioraon, Inc,...More
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 Jeong Seok-hee (정석희)
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79 min HD
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Airing dates : 2011/09/08
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As of 2012.02.05 : 45,223 admissions (total)
As of 2012.01.15 : 44,997 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.23 : 44,157 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.16 : 43,408 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.09 : 42,011 admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.02 : 39,156 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.25 : 34,742 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.18 : 27,085 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.11 : 10,259 admissions (total)
As of 2011.09.04 : 1,007 admissions (total)

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