Director Jang takes on the monumental task of presenting perhaps the most important time in South Korea's history with this film delivering a very complicated subject clearly especially for an audience that is may not be familiar to the events. When a key character is introduced their two or three line bio is typewritten on the screen to inform the viewer. The backchannel underground spy network is explored passing messages through hidden notes in popular magazines rolled up and carried openly in public to avoid suspicion at random police street checks. The brutality of the police, torture interrogation techniques, intimidation and bribery perpetrated by those who claim their work is patriotic is also highlighted.
1987: When The Day Comes recounts a profoundly important time period in South Korean history. Its also a study on how important it is for people to take a stand, speak up and be accounted for seeing wrongs being committed. Here it started with Prosecutor Choi Hwan then spread to medical professionals, prison officials, the media all knowing the potential consequences. That underlying message is important at anytime but rings true today given the political climates in many spots around the world.
1987: When the Day Comes | Jang Joon-hwan | South Korea | 129 Minutes.
**** Out of 4
Tags: Water Torture, Student Protest, June Democracy Movment, Police Brutality, Government Cover Up, Tear Gas Canister, Running Shoes.