BOOK CHON BANG HYANG

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BOOK CHON BANG HYANG

Day He Arrives, The

Hong Sang-Soo
Südkorea, 2011
Fiction, 79min, OmeU

BOOK CHON BANG HYANG

Hong Sang-Soo
Südkorea, 2011
Fiction, 79min, OmeU

Cast: 
Yu Jun-sang
Seong-jun
Kim Sang-joong
Young-ho
Song Sun-Mi
Bo-ram
Kim Bok-yung
Kyung-jin / Ye-jeon
Screenplay: 
Hong Sang-Soo
Sound: 
Kim Mir
Camera: 
Kim Hyung-koo
Editor: 
Hahm Sung-Won
Composer: 
Jeong Yong-Jin

Production: 
Jeonwonsa Film
World Sales: 
Finecut
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

It could be argued that South-Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo makes the same film over and over again, but what sets each of his films apart are the refreshing nuances of each story and character. The Day He Arrives is certainly no exception to the rule. This particular feature follows filmmaker Seong-jun, who returns to Seoul from his countryside escape and catches up with old and new friends through a series of social encounters, many of which take place at a bar called Novel. Hong transcends the repetition with an odd sense of déjà vu (a theme also explored in Oki’s Movie) that brings fresh perspective to each scene, revealing a new layer to existing characters. Black and white photography of Seoul’s winter provides a gorgeous backdrop for Hong’s subtle, entertaining work. (Simon Dang)