The Day He Arrives Reviews

November 18, 2020
For many this will be quite frustrating, but for those that it clicks for, much wealth can be wrought.
August 6, 2019
Handles a surprising amount of thematic richness in its bare bones structure, and Hong conveys it with both elegance and grace.
October 4, 2017
The Day He Arrives is a minor effort from Hong, but it's also rather humorous and, like his other films, contains a brilliantly constructed narrative that continually turns back on itself.
March 14, 2013
The ideas at the heart of The Day He Arrives are worth puzzling over and the discussion to follow may be the real reward, but the experience is muted.
November 24, 2012
Off-beat romcom.
July 19, 2012
Hong may be copying a template from his earlier movies about flailing directors (Like You Know It All, Woman on the Beach), but each film is unique, punctuated by occasional zooms that underline the randomness of existence.
July 5, 2012
Sang-soo Hong has no profound point to pound home. His story doesn't need an ending. He accepts all the characters just as they are.
April 23, 2012
Hong abstracts the tense network of fragile relationships to crisp, briskly sketched lines that he adorns with bubbly and self-deprecating humor and graceful wonders...
April 20, 2012
Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.
April 20, 2012
The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of The Day He Arrives.
April 19, 2012
The movie becomes an exploration, both playful and rueful, of desire, narrative and the idea beautifully expressed by Faulkner in "Absalom, Absalom!" that "maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished."
April 19, 2012
Even while The Day He Arrives doesn't come to much-at least not in comparison to some of Hong's other films, such as 2006's brilliant Woman On The Beach-it's still time well spent.
April 17, 2012
A 25-words-or-less pitch for The Day He Arrives-shot in luminous black-and-white-might go something like: "Hong Sang-soo does Groundhog Day."
April 17, 2012
Hong is wonderful with atmospheric effects, using whirling snowfalls to place his characters' inchoate longing in relief.
April 16, 2012
...maintains a funny and sad focus on its single petulant subject.
November 14, 2011
Modern Korean drama recalls heady games of Godard and Resnais
October 4, 2011
I always forget how funny Hong's films are until I'm in the middle of their deadpan variations on a by now standard theme of immature, self-involved men and accommodating women fooling themselves.
May 24, 2011
The ensemble acting is pitch perfect, and no-frills photography makes Seoul's streets a functional but characterful stage for this subtlest of farces.
May 20, 2011
Serves as an amusing itinerary of dining, drinking and sexual dalliance that beguilingly plays with narrative time.
May 20, 2011
Here, Hong is less concerned with the potency of his character's pain and more with the extended duration, the longing inherent to the process.