Right Now, Wrong Then

Right Now, Wrong Then

Hong Sangsoo / 2015 / 121 minutes / Spine #05

Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture, he stops by a restored palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, and they have sushi and soju. More conversation follows, along with more drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different. An uncanny romantic comedy, Right Now, Wrong Then is a deliciously intricate masterwork from filmmaker Hong Sangsoo.


• Lost in the Mountains (2009, 31 minutes), a short film by Hong Sangsoo

• Video intro by filmmaker/critic Dan Sallitt (25 min.)

• Press Conference with director Hong Sangsoo and actress Kim Minhee at the 68th Locarno Film Festival

• Theatrical Trailer



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  • “The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far): Kim Min-hee. Kim's exquisitely nuanced performance is at the center of Right Now, Wrong Then."

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "I loved Right Now, Wrong Then. I thought it was brilliant."

    — Isabelle Huppert
  • "A bona fide work of genius."

    — Giovanni Marchini Camia, Filmmaker Magazine
  • "A filmmaker beyond category. The prolific anatomist of South Korean romantic disillusionment."

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • "A kind and beautiful film. And those are in short supply."

    — Roger Koza, Cinema Scope
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