The Day He Arrives
Redfern Arts Center - Putnam Theater
2012, South Korea, Directed by Sang-Soo Hong, Not Rated, 72 minutes, 35mm print. In Korean with English Subtitles.
A film director who no longer makes films, Seongjun, arrives in Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn't show up, Seongjun wanders the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students and, against his better judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
The next day goes very much like the last; Seongjun meets the actress, has drinks with friends, and falls for woman who looks remarkably like his ex-girlfriend.
Each new day plays out like a flimsy copy of the previous one, but only Seongjun knows why. Infused with a playfulness and dry wit that recalls the films of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer, “The Day He Arrives” is a delightful meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. © Cinema Guild
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