"'Daytime Drinking' is an entertaining and funny tale about booze and misfortune".
An amusing take on social displacement, excessive alcohol and perpetual bad luck, Noh Young-seok's inconspicuous "Daytime Drinking" is the filmmaker's first, and to this day, only production. The immensely industrious Noh - who operated as the film's director, writer, cinematographer, composer, producer, editor and even appeared in the background as an actor - compensates for the picture's ludicrously low-budget by serving up a deadpan, minimalist comedy bursting with booze and constant misfortune.
A disconsolate young man named Hyeok-jin sits expressionless in a Seoul bar whilst his tipsy friends attempt to cheer him up. On a drunken whim, the group, led by Gi-sang, decide that the best way to invigorate their heartbroken, recently dumped friend is to go on a boozy road trip to nearby Jeongseon. Although initially unconvinced, Hyeok-jin is soon coerced into going and promises to meet them the next morning.
When he arrives in the freezing Jeongseon and is belatedly informed by Gi-sang that he and the rest of the group are too hungover for the trip, Hyeok-jin is forced to press on alone. What follows for him is an almost continual consumption of alcohol, as well as encounters with a group of belligerent and eccentric characters, including Lan-hee, a cantankerous haiku aficionado, a perverted truck driver and a heavy-drinking young couple with an ambiguous relationship.
As situations consistently deteriorate for Hyeok-jin, he is soon given reprieve when Gi-sang agrees to come and pick him up from Jeongseon. However, even he may bring some misfortune to his ill-omened friend... Full review
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