The Day He Arrives
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie becomes an exploration, both playful and rueful, of desire, narrative and the idea beautifully expressed by Faulkner in "Absalom, Absalom!" that "maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished."
Fresh: Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time.
Fresh: Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.
Fresh: Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the film, I'm glad it was in B&W. The characters seem to be very pensive and restrained while at times boiling over with emotion.
Simple Film With Deep Undertones
Repetitive human behavior, that what makes us who we are by the choices we make. Conversations, interactions and impulses. This is a quite, beautiful black and white film of a Korean ex-director visiting a friend in Seoul. It plays with time in sort of a “Groundhog Day” way, but not exactly. It works well and has a way holding your attention through its tone.