The Day He Arrives

The Day He Arrives

Song Sunmi (Boram), Kim Sangjoong (Youngho) and Yu Junsang (Seongjun) in THE DAY HE ARRIVES, a film by Hong Sangsoo. Picture courtesy of Cinema Guild. All rights reserved.

The Day He Arrives

  • Kim Kyounghee
Photography Director:
  • Yi Yuiheang
  • Kim Mir
  • Song Yeajin
Production Company:
  • Jeonwonsa Film Company

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The Day He Arrives (2011/2012)

Opened: 04/20/2012 Limited

Theater List04/20/2012
Lincoln Plaza/...04/20/2012 - 04/26/20127 days

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Genre: South Korean Drama (Korean w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


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.

Filmmaker Biography

Hong Sangsoo (Writer/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.