Cannes 2011: Hong Sang Soo is Going Backwards with THE DAY HE ARRIVES Trailer
South Korean director Hong Sang Soo is a bit of an acquired taste; one that I've certainly acquired over the past five years of regular festival entries. His relationship-and-drinking dramas are not big on plot, but live and die on body language and observation. Watching the trailer for the Cannes bound The Day He Arrives, it took me a few seconds to even realize that everything is going in reverse as I think I've been trained to watch faces and gesture.
The trailer does something rather clever with simple backwards photography, it makes the separation of a social group look like a gathering. Kind of like the way memory or nostalgia does for things. Am I keen on seeing this film? Yes.
Sang-Joon is a professor in the film department at a provincial university. He goes to Seoul to meet his senior Young-Ho who works as a film critic. Sang-Joon stays in a northern village in Seoul for 3 days.