THE DAY AFTER | Dir. Sang-soo Hong | 2017 | 92 min
Presented in Korean with English subtitles.
The Day After continues the blistering pace of auteur Hong Sang-soo and is the third film he released in 2017. Shot lovingly in black and white, the film contains plenty of signature elements from the director’s previous works with some delicious variations.
The Day After depicts book publisher Bong-wan’s (Kwon Hae-hyo) attempts to fight accusations of affairs from his wife while simultaneously trying to start a new affair. Besides his wife, the film focuses on two other women in Bong-wan’s life, an ex-employee Chang-sook (Kim Sae-byuk), and the new employee Areum (Kim Min-hee, Claire’s Camera, The Handmaiden). Bong-wan had an affair with Chang-sook and after she leaves the job, her position is filled by Areum. Within hours of Areum starting her job, Bong-wan tries to woo her. Naturally, like other Hong Sang-soo films, there is plenty of alcohol in the form of Soju which ensures events unfold in a delirious manner with plenty of honesty and humour. In addition, Hong Sang-soo plays with the concept of time and extends the timeline of a single day with déjà vu and flashbacks. The end result is a film that smartly shows how relationships can instantly spark into life and also how they fizzle out.
Note: The film shares elements depicted in Hong Sang-soo’s Right Now, Wrong Then, a film shown by the Calgary Cinematheque in 2016.
Buil Film Awards 2017 - Nominated (Buil Film Award, Best Film | Sang-soo Hong, Best Director | Sang-soo Hong, Best Actor | Hae-hyo Kwon)
Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (Palme d'Or, Sang-soo Hong)
International Cinephile Society Awards 2017 - Won (ICS Cannes Award, Best Actress | Min-hee Kim)
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (Jaeger - LeCoultre Best Film Award, Best Film | Sang-soo Hong)
Munich Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (ARRI/OSRAM Award, Best International Film | Sang-soo Hong)
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017 - Nominated (Zabaltegi Section, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize | Sang-soo Hong)
The Day After is the third title in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series.