Fantasia Film Review: A Day

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Consider the plight of doctor Jun-young. He’s just woken up in his seat in a plane about to land in Seoul. He can’t wait to meet his daughter, Eun-jung. But there’s a few things on his way. He will have to stop and help at a corner where an accident has just occurred. The accident involves a taxi and a young girl crossing the street. The young girl is Eun-jung.

A Day really begins with a strange cycle in which Jun-young finds himself waking up inside the plane again, in a now familiar scenario of a day that repeats itself. However, this is not Groundhog’s Day. The doctor soon realizes that he needs to find a way to save his daughter while the loop is repeating. Now this is as far as I’m going to go because what happens next is what sets this movie apart from the pack.

Director and writer Cho Sun-ho has managed to craft a cycling narrative where parental love, revenge and finally redemption are intensely reflected on the screen. It’s a tale of forgiveness above revenge and compassion over violence. In movies, parents do everything to save the life of their children. This is one of those rare instances in which there are consequences and even a higher price to be paid.

Recommended to an audience willing to experience a roller coaster of a ride that includes both action and emotional drama. If you’re looking for a pure action vehicle and are not willing to put up with plot twists and turns, then you might want to change your mind anyway and watch it. You don’t want to regret missing a good film. After all, it’s not like you get a chance to live a day again.

That will do for now.

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