A Hard Day

Video Services Corp.,

A Hard Day
A film by Kim Seong-hun


Opens July 24 – Toronto – TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto
111 minutes – Korean with English subtitles
Official Selection
Cannes Film Festival 2014 (Directors’ Fortnight)
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
“…its cheerfully nutso inventiveness, the ballsy cycling of ramped-up tension with cathartic release, and not least the many belly laughs it elicited has us feeling completely renewed (A-).” –Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“In a very frenetic two hours, Kim demonstrates every conceivable way in which one grown man can injure another.” – Sam Weisberg, The Village Voice

“An all-out, over-the-top bad cop vs. bad cop Korean thriller … the viewer won’t know what will pop up or come crashing down in the background (3 out of 4).” – Kent Turner, Film Forward

Korean thriller A Hard Day, the story of a detective under increasingly difficult circumstances, opens in theatres July 24th in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, from Video Services Corp.

Driving back from his mother’s funeral, homicide detective Gun-soo runs over a man on a dark rural street. In a moment of desperation, he dumps the body in the coffin of his newly deceased mother. A few days later, Gun-soo flips through a listing of open cases and finds his accident victim. His colleague is on the accident case and is slowly making progress. Making matters worse, a witness steps forward, a detective named Park. For a reason unclear to Gun-soo, Park wants the body. Without another choice to depend on, Gun-soo digs his mother’s grave and retrieves the body, only to find gunshot wounds on it. As Park’s threats become more vicious and hits closer to home, Gun-soo decides to face Park head-on once and for all.

“It all started with an idea,’” explains director Kim Seong-hun. “I watched Pedro Almodovar’s Volver and it had a scene where the daughter character kills her partner and dumps him in the river. While watching this story unfold, I had various thoughts that were unrelated to Volver: ‘During monsoon season in Korea, the river floods. Won’t she get caught?’ Then I started thinking about what would be the most perfect way to dispose of a corpse. Of course, why not make a tomb? It wouldn’t be conspicuous at all, even to the police. Then I pondered whose tomb would be the least suspicious… It’d be someone who would protect her child until her death: a mother. The inception of A Hard Day started with this idea. If my mother ever sees this interview, she’d say: ‘You’d do that to me?’ and be mortified. But I’d say, ‘Rest easy, mom, I won’t ever kill anyone.’”

A Hard Day had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This is Seong-hun’s second feature film.

About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Current releases include The Wolfpack, Best of Enemies and Tangerine.
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