The Day He Arrives
The Day He Arrives (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 6, 2012
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94%
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The listless execution may remind you less of 8 1/2 than of Woody Allen's whiny Stardust Memories.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.

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Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist

The ideas at the heart of The Day He Arrives are worth puzzling over and the discussion to follow may be the real reward, but the experience is muted.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sang-soo Hong has no profound point to pound home. His story doesn't need an ending. He accepts all the characters just as they are.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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."

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Off-beat romcom.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Hong abstracts the tense network of fragile relationships to crisp, briskly sketched lines that he adorns with bubbly and self-deprecating humor and graceful wonders...

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Even while The Day He Arrives doesn't come to much-at least not in comparison to some of Hong's other films, such as 2006's brilliant Woman On The Beach-it's still time well spent.

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Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Hong may be copying a template from his earlier movies about flailing directors (Like You Know It All, Woman on the Beach), but each film is unique, punctuated by occasional zooms that underline the randomness of existence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A director arrives in Seoul to meet an old friend; he gets drunk, meets various people, and then situations start to repeat with variations, characters… More
Walter M.
In "The Day He Arrives," Sungjoon(Jun-Sang Yu) decides to take off some time from his day job as a film director to visit Seoul, so he can look up… More