1987: When the Day Comes

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1987: When the Day Comes
1987 When the Day Comes.jpg
Poster
Hangul1987
Directed byJang Joon-hwan
Produced byJung Won-chan
Jang Young-hwan
Written byKim Kyung-chan
StarringKim Yoon-seok
Ha Jung-woo
Yoo Hae-jin
Kim Tae-ri
Park Hee-soon
Lee Hee-joon
Music byKim Tae-seong
CinematographyKim Woo-hyung
Edited byYang Jin-mo
Production
company
Woojeung Film
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • December 27, 2017 (2017-12-27)[1]
Running time
129 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Budget₩15 billion
(US$14 million)
Box officeUS$54.5 million (South Korea)[2]

1987: When the Day Comes is a 2017 South Korean political thriller film directed by Jang Joon-hwan and written by Kim Kyung-chan .[3][4] The film stars Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Tae-ri, Park Hee-soon and Lee Hee-joon.[5][6] Set in 1987 and based on a true story, the film focuses on the events that led up to the June Democratic Uprising in Korea, triggered by the death of a student protester during police interrogation which the authorities conspire to cover up. Jang has compared the overall structure of the film to a relay race, with the focus of the story shifting between several characters to convey the collective effort of the political resistance.[7] The film was released in theaters on December 27, 2017.[8]

Plot[edit]

This film is based on real life events surrounding the June Democracy Movement in 1987 that ended the military regime of President Chun Doo-hwan. Student protests began to riot against the government when it was revealed that student activist Park Jong-chul, who participated in pro-democracy demonstrations against the regime, was tortured to death during an interrogation session. The torture session was ordered by Commissioner Park Cheo-won, whose job it was to eradicate communist activities by all means possible. The authorities involved in the torture seek to conceal the death of Park Jong-chul, but a group of people attempt to bring the truth of the incident to light. Prosecutor Choi catalyzes the effort by denying the policemen’s request to have the student's body cremated. The policemen are aware that cremation of the body would destroy evidence revealing that the college student was tortured to death at the scene. Prosecutor Choi finds this request suspicious and demands that the body undergo an autopsy because it had only been a few hours since he was found dead and his family has not gotten a chance to see their son. Even after constant harassment from the policemen and after having an altercation with Commissioner Park Cheo-won, Prosecutor Choi denies all requests. Prosecutor Choi is fired and secretly leaves his paperwork on the incident to reporter Yoon Sang-sam who had been investigating the incident with intent to expose Commissioner Park Cheo-won’s crimes which are concealed as efforts for the country's well being. Yoon Sang-sam reveals that the true cause of death was by asphyxiation and not by sudden "cardiac arrest" as the government claimed. In an effort to save his career, Commissioner Park Cheo-won reveals that Lieutenant Jo Han-kyung and another detective were the culprits. In exchange the two detectives are promised a not guilty verdict but are instead tricked into serving time in prison for the torture and murder. There, Han Byung-yong is introduced as a prison guard who is entrusted with the task of relaying crucial facts and information about the case to a political activist who has gone into hiding, and getting framed as a "communist" because he is close to the two main opposition Presidential Candidates, Kim Dae Jung and Kim Young Sam. And through this activist filters out the Truth, uncovered by the prisonguard and his warden, to the wider network of pro-Democracy and Justice activists through the Catholic and Buddhist leadership who are working together, and they in turn relay all the info to the Media. Yeon-hee is a college student who is not involved in the democratic revolution but runs a few errands for her uncle, the brave prison guard, in exchange for gifts. One day on an outing with her friend she is caught in the cross fire between college activists and raid policemen. She meets a boy and it sparks the start of a love interest. This love interest was Lee Han-yeol. He was a Yonsei University student activist who was hit in the head by a tear gas canister and dies. These six characters play a vital role in the political change that South Korea undergoes in 1987.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kim Yoon-seok as Commissioner Park Cheo-won, an unscrupulous and unhinged hunter of "pinko commies"
  • Ha Jung-woo as Prosecutor Choi Hwan, who refuses to bow to or be intimidated by government corruption
  • Yoo Hae-jin as prison guard Han Byung-yong, a dedicated and courageous democracy activist
  • Kim Tae-ri as Yeon-hee, his niece who helps him relay messages when not busy with college and work
  • Park Hee-soon as Lieutenant Jo Han-kyung, one of the two fallguy torture-killers among the FIVE of them
  • Lee Hee-joon as Reporter Yoon Sang-sam, a tenacious news hound who scoffs at the Censorship guidelines

Supporting[edit]

  • Kim Eui-sung as Lee Boo-young[1]
  • Yoo Seung-mok as Yoo Jung-bang
  • Hyun Bong-shik as Park Won-taek
  • Jo Woo-jin as Park Wol-gil
  • Kim Jong-soo as Park Jung-ki
  • Kim Soo-jin as Yeon-hee's mother
  • Choi Kwang-il as Warden Ahn Yoo
  • Yoo Jung-ho as Reporter
  • Park Kyung-hye as Jeong-mi

Special appearance[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography began on April 20, 2017 and ended on August 27, 2017.[9][10][11]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack music was composed by Kim Tae Seong. There were 22 songs included in the film listed below.

  • When the Day Comes by Lee Hanyeol Choir & Daegun Chamber Choir
  • 1987
  • Namyoung-Dong
  • The Portrait of the Deceased
  • Father Has No Words
  • 1980
  • Hidden Road by Yeonheui김태리 & 강동원
  • The Funeral
  • Reporters
  • A Time When the Wind Starts To Blow
  • Press Guidelines
  • Counter-Communist Branch of the Police
  • I Didn't Kill Him
  • Indirect Election
  • Chase
  • Heartbroken
  • The Clue
  • The Decision
  • Final
  • The Judgement
  • When the Day Comes (Choir Version)
  • Hidden Road by Lee Hanyeol 김태리 & 강동원[12]

Reception[edit]

Released on December 27, 2017, the film has drawn more than 7.2 million viewers in South Korea.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
12th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Nominated [14][15]
CinemAsia Film Festival Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Won [16]
9th KOFRA Film Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Won [13]
Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Won
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) 1987: When the Day Comes Won [17][18][19]
Kim Yoon-seok Nominated
Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated
Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Nominated
Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Won
Best Supporting Actor Park Hee-soon Won
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Won
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Nominated [20]
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Nominated
Best Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated
14th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival JIMFF OST Kim Tae-seong Won [21]
27th Buil Film Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [22][23]
Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jo Woo-jin Nominated
Best Music Kim Tae-seong Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Woo-hyung Won
55th Grand Bell Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [24][25]
Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Won
Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Nominated
Best Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Woo-hyung Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Lightning Kim Seung-kyu Nominated
Best Costume Design Chae Kyung-hwa, Lee Eun-yi Nominated
Best Music Kim Tae-seong Nominated
Best Planning Lee Woo-jung Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [26]
Best Supporting Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated
38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Won [27]
Top 11 Films Won
Best Music Kim Tae-sung Won
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Won [28]
Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Nominated
Best Actor Kim Yoon-seok Won
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Hae-jin Nominated
Best Cinematography and Lightning Kim Woo-hyung & Kim Seung-kyu Won
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Music Kim Tae-seong Nominated
Best Art Direction Han Ah-reum Nominated
Technical Award (Costume) Chae Kyung-sun, Lee Eun-yi Won
8th AACTA Awards Best Asian Film 1987: When the Day Comes Nominated [29]
18th Udine Far East Film Festival Audience Award Jang Joon-hwan Won
Black Dragon Audience Award Won
5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards Best Film 1987: When the Day Comes Won [30]
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Won
18th Director's Cut Awards Best Director Jang Joon-hwan Won
Best Screenplay Kim Kyung-chan Won

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