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Right Now, Wrong Then

Hong Sang-soo
South Korea 2015 / 121’

The latest film by Hong Sang-soo combines the best features of the director's work: an eloquent narrative, attention to detail, and melancholic charm. Right Now, Wrong Then tells the story of Ham Chun-su, a director who travels to a provincial film festival. While taking a walk, he meets a young painter and is immediately attracted to her. They spend the afternoon together, and their mutual interest is only intensified by the liters of soju they consume. The problem is that Ham, as he finally admits, is already married. Teeming with sexual tension, how will their encounter end? As is his wont, Hong complicates the answer to this question as much as he possibly can by showing two different variants for the characters' possible fate. Both stories are virtually the same, differing only in certain parts of the dialogue, as well as some gestures and glances. This, however, is enough to lead to entirely different conclusions. Right Now, Wrong Then was an undisputed triumph at the festival in Locarno and has been one of the biggest successes of Hong's career.

Piotr Czerkawski


Locarno IFF 2015 – Best Film, Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo was born in 1961. After completing his studies in South Korea, he continued at universities in California and Chicago. He made his first feature film in 1996, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well. Although often compared to the masters of French cinema, he is constantly developing his own style. The most important features of his work include an interest in moral dilemmas facing his characters, mise en abyme, and a subtle sense of humor. He is a favorite at international festivals. He has won numerous awards, including at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Locarno.

Selected filmography

2004 Woman Is the Future of Man / Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda

2005 A Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon

2010 Hahaha

2010 Oki / Oki's Movie / Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa

2012 W innym kraju / In Another Country / Da-reun na-ra-e-seo

Cast & Crew

director Hong Sang-soo
screenplay Hong Sang-soo
cinematography Park Hong-yeol
editing Hahm Sung-won
music Jeong Yong-jin
cast Jung Jae-young, Kim Min-hee, Ko Ah-sung, Chai Hwa-jung
producer Kim Kyoung Hee
production Jeonwonsa Film
sales Finecut
language Korean
colouration colour