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1987: When The Day Comes

South Korea 2017, 129’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Jang Joon-hwan
screenplay: Kim Kyung-chan
cinematography: Kim Woo-hyung
editing: Yang Jin-mo
music: Kim Tae-seong
cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Tae-ri, Park Hee-soon, Lee Hee-joon, Sol Kyung-gu
producer: Lee Woo-jeung
executive producer: Jeong Tae-sung
production: Woojeung Film
sales: CJ Entertainment
language: Korean
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Asian Film Awards 2018 – Best Actor (Nominee); Udine FEFF 2018 - Audience Award, Black Dragon Audience Award; Buil Film Awards - Best Cinematography

Film description

In January 1987 a 22-year-old college student dies during a police interrogation. Under the orders of Director Park, the police request the body to be cremated in order to destroy evidence. Public Prosecutor Choi, who was on duty on the day of the incident, denies the request and calls for an autopsy. The police continues to try to cover up the truth, but after the coroner's check, a journalist following the case reports that the death was a result of torture. Director Park attempts to end the case by arresting two detectives including inspector Cho. While in prison he reveals the truth to one of the guards, who embarks on a dangerous mission to relay the information to an opposition politician through his niece. In the meantime the journalist's report ignited series of protests that only grow stronger...

Director Jang Joo-hwan combines several plots based on various characters' points of view, attempting to convey a multidimensional overview of the events that lead to June Democratic Uprising - protests which in consequence ended the authoritarian regime in South Korea. "1987: When The Day Comes" resonates with the 2017 impeachment of Park Geun-hye, daughter of Park Chung-hee, general who seized power in 1961 and became the president of South Korea till his assassination in 1979. Jang Joo-hwan's film revisits the past and comments the present, becoming an important title in the history of Korean cinema.

Maja Korbecka

Jang Joon-hwan

Born in 1970 in Jeonju, city in the western part of South Korea. He graduated from prestigeous Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, institution founded in 1398 by the Joseon Dynasty. Jang Joo-hwan started to shoot short films in the 90s, his first project, "2001 Imagine", completed in 1994. His feature-length debut was the critically acclaimed science fiction film "Save the Green Planet!" (2003), which won him Best Director title at the 4th Busan Film Critics Awards. 

Selected filmography:

1994 2001 Imagine (kr. m.)

2003 Jigureul Jikyeora! / Save the Green Planet!

2010 Camellia (nowela "Love for Sale")

2013 Hwa-i: Goemul-eul Samkin Ai / Hwayi: A Monster Boy

2017 Rok 1987 / 1987: When the Day Comes

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