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Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 306

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Anthology is thrilled to present the New York Theatrical Premiere Run of NIGHT AND DAY by gifted Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, who has established himself as world cinema's poet of male narcissism, desire, and neurosis. For more than a decade now he has been quietly but consistently turning out a series of films that are somehow both self-effacing and bold, behavioral and formally experimental, including masterpieces such as VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS, TURNING GATE, and TALE OF CINEMA.

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Sang-soo Hong

Jan 9, 2012

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The South Korean director Hong Sang-soo unleashes yet another emotionally stunted antihero in Night and Day, a rambling study of male arrested development.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Which of the protagonist's interactions are real and which are artist's fancy? Hong never lets on, preferring to set character and audience adrift within his motion-picture Rorschach test.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Finally, he arrives at a masterfully deployed bit of third-act rug-pulling so unexpected that it may be Hong's way of saying we are all stumbling toward an uncertain horizon.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Very Korean in its emotional content, while also preserving a quizzical distance that is quite French, pic is one of his lightest and most easily digestible metaphysical meals to date.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Our muscular antihero protagonist turns out to be the lost soul from Seoul, whose utterances of love and seemingly sincere actions always remain suspect.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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touches on such diverse subjects as religion, North Korea, and the world of dreams

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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An intriguing look at a hedonist in the midst of a midlife crisis, a creep whose dalliances and denial slowly catch up with him.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Ah, to be middle aged, footloose, and fancy free!

October 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Following his most even-handed exploration of male-female sexual conflict in Woman on the Beach, Hong Sang-soo hurtles full-bore into the subjectivity of the horny man with Night and Day.

October 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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[Crafts] a portrait that's at once highly specific and yet effortlessly attuned to life's inherent disorder.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A well-wrought Korean film about a middle-aged painter's infatuation with a pretty young art student.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Night and Day (Bam gua nat)

On the run from the law in his native South Korea, Seong-nam(Kim Yeong-ho), an art student, ends up in Paris where he lives in a guesthouse room with ten other people. Seeking a little elbow room, he hangs out in the lounge where he reads the only available book, the Bible. He also gets out from time to time, reconnecting with Min-seon(Kim Yoo-jin), an ex-girlfriend.

Like its sort of protagonist who is barely intriguing enough to be of interest, "Night and Day" is a shambling and random movie, along with being very episodic and improvised. But even from thousands of miles away, the movie does have some incisive things to say about South Korea, namely how strict the laws there are concerning smoking marijuana.(Like you need a reason to visit Paris, anyway.) And the North Korean character, Keong-soo(Lee Sun-kyun), is a nice touch.
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