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.

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
Lee Hee-joon
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.

    January 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 ...

    December 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "1987: When The Day Comes" is an impressive production, which includes almost every element of Korean cinema that has made it so popular internationally. However, everything that is bad about the country's movie industry at the moment is here also.

    October 27, 2019 | 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.

    June 2, 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.

    February 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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