Sunrise/Sunset

A film by Jong Ougie Pak | 2019 | 47 minutes

After failing his university entrance exams for the third year in a row, Min Suk, a directionless twenty-something Korean man, travels to New York to visit his long-distance girlfriend Yeon Jae. Over the course of a rollercoaster week, he experiences both the thrill of losing himself in a new city and the bitter realization that his relationship is gradually imploding. A romantic, outsider’s view of New York shot in elegiac black and white, SUNRISE / SUNSET perfectly captures the wonder and disorientation that comes with being a stranger adrift in a strange land.


REVIEWS

“Affecting in its portrayal of the in-limbo phase of a young person’s life […] The uncertainty of youth, the black-and-white cinematography of the city, and the use of classical music may call to mind FRANCES HA, though the cultural concerns are miles apart.”
– Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Artforum

“Captures the beauty and loneliness of [NYC] in gorgeous black-and-white photography.”
– Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine

 

 

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