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Kim Seong-hun South Korea, 2014

HKFanatic's rating of the film A Hard Day

"A Hard Day" is a superbly crafted thriller from South Korea that trades in a pure, Hitchcockian kind of suspense. The social commentary is a welcome bonus, as Lee Sun-kyun's character strikes me as a very modern protagonist: far from the virtuous hero or capable detective of years past, he's a put-upon and anxiety-ridden wreck who's frequently on the verge of tears from the existential weight bearing down on him.