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Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009)

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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. His most recent film to hit North American shores (the feverishly prolific Hong has already lapped us, with an even newer film - LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL - premiering at Cannes last May) finds him experimenting with a change of scene - set in Paris rather than Korea, NIGHT AND DAY adds the element of cultural confusion to his usual thematic arsenal. After getting busted for smoking pot with some students, 40-year-old artist Seong-nam impulsively flees to Paris, leaving his wife behind, and finds himself living in a kind of limbo. Staying in a run-down hotel inhabited mostly by fellow Korean ex-pats, Seong-nam wanders aimlessly around the city, becoming ensnared by temptation in the form of both an ex-flame, and a couple of young art students. Leisurely, episodic, sharp, and deeply funny, NIGHT AND DAY finds Hong working at the height of his powers. -- (C) Anthology

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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 | Rating: 2/5

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…

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…
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The directness of Sun-nam's voiceover encapsulates what's salient about Hong's approach, which lays everything bare and leaves little room for ambiguity.

October 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

touches on such diverse subjects as religion, North Korea, and the world of dreams

October 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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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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