1987: When the Day Comes

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In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.

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Cast

Yoo Hae-jin
as Han Byung-yong
Park Hee-soon
as Jo Ban-jang
Ha Jung-woo
as Prosecutor Choi
Kim Tae-ri
as Yeon-hee
Kim Yun-seok
as Chief Park
Hee-joon Lee
as Yoon Sang-sam

Critic Reviews for 1987: When the Day Comes

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

  • A compelling depiction of how brave individuals from all walks of life mobilized a whole nation to bring a recalcitrant dictator and his henchmen to their knees.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Variety
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  • here's an admirable dot-connecting quality to "1987," akin to HBO's "The Wire," as it wends from backroom scheming among powerful men to street riots starring an angry public ...

    Dec 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 1987 shys away from the bullet points that historians have recorded in favor of the unremembered individuals whose actions contributed to free elections in South Korea.

    Jun 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 1987 speaks more to our current moment than anything Hollywood is producing.

    May 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Slick and accomplished, 1987 is also single-minded and forthright in its intentions, propelled by an exasperated nation which demanded more of its public officials.

    Feb 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers turn these historical events into a satisfying, fast-paced, gripping and smart thriller, focusing on a myriad of characters all united by their activism and disgust for the men in charge.

    Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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