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- (BOOK CHON BANG HYANG) 2011, Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 79 min. With Yu Jun-sang, Kim Bo-kyung “At his best--and 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.com “Amusingly unpredictable...an ideal entry point to the director’s work.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE Personal, prolific, and playfully experimental, SAIC alumnus Hong (TURNING GATE) has established himself as one of the new century’s major filmmakers, with a distinctive brand of self-deprecating semi-autobiographical comedy. Once again, Hong’s protagonist is a hapless filmmaker: Seong-jun, who returns to wintry Seoul after several years in the sticks for a series of boozy, often embarrassing encounters with long-unseen friends, former students, and lovers old and new. Once again, Hong’s narrative slips the tracks of conventional realism as events repeat themselves, the weather changes inexplicably, and different characters are played by the same actor. Compared by critics to GROUNDHOG DAY, STARDUST MEMORIES, and LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, THE DAY HE ARRIVES is a multilayered, deceptively casual reflection on the interplay of chance and pattern in our lives. In Korean with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
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