Shot in moody black and white, The Day After opens with book publisher Bongwan fending off his wife's heated accusations of infidelity. At the office, it's the first day for his new assistant Areum whose predecessor was Bongwan's lover. Mistaken identity, repetition, compulsion, and déjà vu guide a film that entangles its characters across multiple timelines through an intricate geometry of desire, suspicion, and betrayal.
One of prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's most plaintive and philosophical works, The Day After premiered in Competition at Cannes, Rotterdam, San Sebastián, Munich and Busan, where it won both the Grand Prix and Best Actor. Now playing in NYC at Lincoln Center.