• Released
  • April 20, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 19 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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The Day He Arrives Synopsis
Seongjun, a film director who no longer makes films, goes to Seoul to meet a close friend and wanders the city.
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful...
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90

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
The Day He Arrives has real force and its experimentation is in the service of a moving story about a man who, as he says at the start, has...
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88

Slant Magazine

By Jaime N. Christley
The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie finds the right tone to present its bittersweet wisdom. It's relaxed. It's content to observe and listen.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Maintains a funny and sad focus on its single petulant subject.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives - shot in luminous black-and-white - might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time.
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80

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Like Rohmer, Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The verb in the title of The Day He Arrives doesn't refer so much to a traveler reaching a destination as to a man finding himself - or...
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
An agreeably meandering exercise that brings some clever French New Wave fillips and structural repetitions to Hong's characteristically...
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Rated NR