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The Day He Arrives

Book chon bang hyang

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Directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2011
Drama
      Korean
      English

Synopsis

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 for three days, grabbing drinks and meeting women, with each day playing out like a version of the last.

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South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo presents a deceptively simple rumination on isolation and desire. With his typically receptive ear for remarkable conversations and luminous B&W cinematography, the inspiring director crafts pure cinema out of lonesome wanderings and astonishing chance encounters.

Synopsis

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 for three days, grabbing drinks and meeting women, with each day playing out like a version of the last.

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The Day He ArrivesDirected byHong Sang-soo
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Cannes Film Festival
2011

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