// Presented as part of August's Contemporary Asian Cinema Series //
Seong-hun Kim / 2014, Cannes, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Calgary, Hawaii, Fantasia, NYT Critics' Pick, Oslo Films from the South, Women in Film Korea Festival / 111'
Gun-soo, an off-duty homicide detective, is involved in a hit and run while driving home from his mother's funeral. Rather than calling the authorities, he panics, disposes of the body, and covers his tracks. A few days later at work, he notices a file on the unsolved case—another detective is making headway. When a witness to the accident steps forward, Gun-soo finds himself being blackmailed, and is soon entangled in a web of mystery and lies.
One of the highest performing films at the South Korean box office, A Hard Day is an expertly crafted thriller. This second feature from Seong-hun Kim—of recent Kingdom-fame—premiered at Cannes' Quinzaine des Realisateurs, Fantasia Fest, Calgary, Hawaii, Oslo Films from the South, and won three Grand Bell Awards, including for Best Director. A Hard Day is a New York Times Critics' Pick.