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1,055 Ratings

Right Now, Wrong Then


Directed by Hong Sang-soo
South Korea, 2015


This dryly humorous story, told twice, follows filmmaker Ham Cheonsoo, who travels to Suwon for a Q&A. There he meets the young female painter Yoon Heejuong. They stroll, talk, eat sushi and drink much too much soju. Maybe this is the beginning of a romance.

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Right Now, Wrong Then Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Golden Leopard

2015 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

With everybody in on the gag, authorial omniscience results in agency for all—we’re free to ponder a multitude of different relationships between the film’s two halves. Right Now, Wrong Then as a viewing experience feels a culmination of Hong’s accumulated experiments at twinning and doubling back.
January 16, 2017
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Slyly winking at the now-universal notion of Hong Sang-soo as the most repetitive filmmaker in the world (a party line obligatorily rehashed in nearly every article on the director), Right Now, Wrong Then goes ahead and plays pretty much the same hour-long movie twice, back-to-back, and it’s as good a movie as any Hong has cooked up.
January 06, 2017
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Chun-su offers two interpretations of Hee-jung’s work. In the first, he commends her for daring to take an unknown path to discover the “hidden things laying at the surface of our lives.” The second reverses the earlier praise. Instead of displaying courage, he says, the painting provides a way of concealing her feelings. Both are right and both are wrong, depending on how you look into the prism of Hong’s beguiling film.
January 03, 2017

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