The Day After

South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo sparked a minor scandal in 2016 when tabloid journalists reported he’d been having an extramarital affair with actress Kim Min-hee. Hong admitted to the affair in early 2017 at the Berlin film festival, where he premiered On the Beach at Night Alone; the film stars Kim as an actress who self-destructs after breaking off an affair with a married director. Hong and Kim seemed to be getting the last laugh at the scandalmongers (in real life the pair hadn’t split up), but they were just getting started. Two more collaborations followed in 2017, Claire’s Camera and The Day After, both of which center on infidelity. Hong has been playfully blurring the line between fiction and autobiography since the early 2000s, but now he has a partner in his creative endeavor. Continue reading>>