Sunrise/Sunset (Dir. Jong Ougie Pak, 2019)
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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.
Captures the beauty and loneliness of New York City in gorgeous black-and-white photography.
Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine
[Sunrise/Sunset] feels of a piece with the movies that gaze on New York as a foreign metropolis, with an exoticizing remove and a feeling of being lost in translation.
Mark Asch, The Film Stage
Evoking the naivety of Mia Hansen Love’s Goodbye First Love and Eric Rohmer’s freewheeling A Summer’s Tale before that, Sunrise/Sunset is a 47-minute bittersweet romantic escapade worth taking.
Matt Delman, Hammer to Nail
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