Free Film Screening
(Presented by Korean Cultural Center)
Directed by Jang Joon-hwan
South Korea | 2017 | 129 minutes
In Korean with English Subtitles
RATING: 15+ (Suitable for viewers ages 15 and above)
Synopsis: Seoul, 1987. The city is shaken by riots, the intensity of which is equaled only by the violence used by Chun Doo-hwan's dictatorial regime in repressing them. Following a failed operation by the Office of Anticommunist Investigation, led by the intimidating North Korean defector Commissioner Park Cheo-won (Kim Yoon-seok), a student is accidentally killed during a forceful interrogation. The mishap must be covered up at all costs, so as not to increase popular resentment less than one year before the Seoul Olympics. Plans to do so are hindered by determined Prosecutor Choi Hwan (Ha Jung-woo) who decides to leak documents to the press for public exposure. So begins a race against time implicating students, prisoners, journalists, revolutionaries and lawyers in a quest to expose this death by torture, all while Commissioner Park uses all of his power to silence them by any means necessary. Based on true events leading to the establishment of South Korea's democracy, 1987: When the Day Comes features a stellar cast including Gang Dong-won (Haunters), Kim Tae-Ri (The Handmaiden), Park-Hee-soon (The Fortress) and many others. With its enthralling narrative, masterful performances, the colossal power of its subject matter and the masterful approach to its direction, 1987 qualifies as one of the best films of the year, hands down.