Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Right Now, Wrong Then offers diverging perspectives on a chance meeting -- and thought-provoking observations on human interactions in general.

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Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different.

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Cast

Jae-yeong Jeong
as Ham Chunsu
Kim Min-hee
as Yoon Heejung
Ko Ah-sung
as Yum Bora
Yeo-jeong Yoon
as Gang Duksoo

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

Hong is quietly preoccupied with the value of living authentically; you have to give him credit for continuing to find new angles on a story he's told ad nauseam.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Hong is well aware of his formula, and his cheeky new movie pokes terrific fun at the tired criticisms.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5
Time Out
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Despite the fact that not much of actual consequence happens during "Right Now, Wrong Then," Hong does much more right here than he does wrong.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Jung is equally credible as a diffident, sensitive artist and an impatient boor, and Ms. Kim slides nimbly from demure to obnoxious.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

In fact, there are many differences, some of them merely playful but others profound.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…
NPR
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No filmmaker better understands the revelatory properties of small talk and soju, and few could make the art of repetition seem so rife with possibilities.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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