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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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  •'s Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet

    2012/01/14, Source,
    Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
  • Korean Cinema 2011: The View from Here

    2012/01/14, Source,
    US-based author and curator of film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC, Tom VICK shares his views on recent trends he has noticed programming their Korean film festival. How do you introduce new Korean films to an American audience? Since 2004, when I began programming the Korean Film Festival DC, the answer to this question has become more difficult to answer. This is not to say that it's harder to find good films. Quite the opposite. The problem (if it can be called a problem) is that there are so many films to choose from.The explosion of digital production and distribution in the last decade or so has made it easier than ever to make a film, but harder than ever find an audience for it,...More
  • Rotterdam takes three more Korean films

    2012/01/11, Source,
    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced its line-up to include three more Korean films in addition to the previously announced "A Fish", the Tiger Awards Competition's first 3D film. The film by PARK Hong-min will be joined by Noh Kyeong-tae's "Black Dove", Kim Kyung-mook's "Stateless Things" and Hong Sang-soo's "The Day He Arrives". The latter three films will be in the festival's Spectrum section,...More
  • Hong Sang-soo tops Cine21's picks of the year

    2012/01/04, Source,
    South Korea's leading film and entertainment magazine Cine21 has picked Hong Sang-soo's "The Day He Arrives" as the Best Film of 2011. In their annual survey, the magazine with its 33 journalists and critics also picked Hong as the Best Director of the Year.The magazine lauded "The Day He Arrives" as "a singular experience of time and space and memory".   Cine21's writers voted Tang Wei Best Actress of the Year. The magazine noted that Kim Tae-yong's remake "Late Autumn - 2010" would have been unimaginable without the Chinese actress,...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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