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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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

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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.

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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 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…

South Korea's fraught transition from dictatorship to democracy in 1987 is shaped with fictional detail and sometimes excessive melodrama, but as a political thriller Jang Joon-hwan's film has a tense urgency as the resistance slowly turns the tide.

Jan 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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