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12.12: The Day (2023)

Opens on January 5

Director: Kim Sung-soo Run Time: 142 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Sung-kyun, Lee Sung-min, Park Hae-jun

Country: South Korea
Language: Korean

About the film:

After the assassination of President Park, martial law has been declared. A coup d’état bursts out by Defense Security Commander Chun Doo-gwang and a private band of officers following him. Capital Defense Commander Lee Tae-shin, an obstinate soldier who believes the military should not take political actions, fights against Chun Doo-gwang to stop him. The conflict between the two grows while military leaders are holding their decision and Defense Minister is gone. In the midst of chaos, the spring of Seoul that everyone longed for heads to unexpected direction.

“a tour de force… What unfolds is not merely a historical drama but a profound exploration of how pivotal moments shape the destinies of nations.”


About the filmmaker:

Kim Sung-soo is a South Korean filmmaker known for his cinematic feature films. He began his career working as a writer, prop master and assistant director. His 1993 directorial debut Scream City won the Critic’s Award at 20th Seoul Independent Film Festival. Kim directed some of South Korea’s most acclaimed performers in early roles, including Lee Byung-hun in Run Away (1995) and Ko So-young and Jung Woo-sung in their breakthrough roles in Beat (1997). The director reunited with the latter on his highly acclaimed films City of the Rising Sun (1998), Musa – The Warrior (2003), Asura: City of Madness (2016), and his most recent film, the historic thriller 12.12: The Day (2023), which became the number one film of 2023 in South Korea. A versatile filmmaker, Kim also directed the romantic comedy Please Teach Me English (2003) and South Korea’s first ever viral outbreak film The Flu (2013).

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