Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

The Day He Arrives 2011

Book chon bang hyang

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Korean Hong Sang-soo’s latest satire of artists (and drinkers) is a characteristically sly farce of feckless men and hopeful women with a touch of Groundhog Day. “A crisp little gem.” — Screendaily

South Korea In Korean with English subtitles
78 minutes B&W

Director, Screenplay


Kim Kyoung-hee


Kim Hyung-koo


Hahm Sung-won


Jeong Yong-jin


Yu Jun-sang (Seong-jun)
Kim Sang-joong (Young-ho)
Song Sun-mi (Bo-ram)
Kim Bok-yung (Kyung-jin)


Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2011


Hong Sang-soo’s latest is a characteristically sly farce of feckless men and hopeful women and nudges his usual dextrous juggling with narrative time into the twilight zone.

“One of the loveliest, lightest films at Cannes this year, pensive yet often swept by quiet pleasures, was Hong Sang-soo’s delicately surreal The Day He Arrives. It is a sparser Groundhog Day done by Hong, in black and white and with copious alcohol. A young retired film director returns to Seoul and decides to meet his old friend, and before, during and after that encounter he runs into numerous other filmmakers – this surreal Seoul seems populated nearly entirely by production crew – drunkenly looks up his ex-girlfriend, and hangs around a bar whose owner looks exactly like – and indeed is played by the same actress as – his ex. And then the next day comes, and it proceeds with déjà vu echoes as the previous one, yet with different turns of each encounter.” — Daniel Kasman,