Price: $195.00

    Code: 2433

    Directed by Hong Sangsoo
    2011, 79 Minutes
    Purchase: $350

    Seongjun, a film director who no longer makes films, goes to Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn't show up, Seongjun begins to wander the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some young film students, then, against his better judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend's apartment. The next day, he finally meets his friend, has some drinks, shares some conversation, and meets a young woman who looks exactly like his ex-girlfriend. The next day goes very much like the previous day. Through it all Seongjun moves forward, struggling to find a purpose to his trip.

    A heartbreaking and hilarious film of repeating patterns and circumstance, The Day He Arrives is a meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives.

    About The Director
    Hong Sangsoo was born in 1960 in Seoul, and studied filmmaking at Chungang University before receiving a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He made an astounding debut with his first feature film The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well in 1996. Since then, through the 12 films he has written and directed, Hong has consistently enjoyed exploring the complex architecture beneath his character's seemingly random lives. Renowned for his unique cinematographic language and aesthetics in filmmaking, Hong Sangsoo is one of the most established auteurs in contemporary Korean cinema.

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    "A beautiful and melancholy film… I fell into a sympathetic reverie with this film. If The Day He Arrives is a comedy, it's a human comedy like Balzac had in mind: a record of how people live, talk, strive and pass their days." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    "At his best — and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best — Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that’s like absolutely nothing else." – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

    Critics Pick! "An exploration, both playful and rueful, of desire, narrative and the idea beautifully expressed by Faulkner in ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ that ‘maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished.’" – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

    "Brilliant and touching." – Richard Brody, The New Yorker