Korean title: 1987 | Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Tae-ri, Park Hee-soon, Lee Hee-joon
As you may know, here at Cinema Escapist have a soft spot for politically or socially important films, especially from Asian countries. 1987: When the Day Comes is exactly one of those movies.
If you’re familiar with South Korean history, 1987 is a very important year–it marks the country’s transition to real democracy. 1987: When the Day Comes is based on the true story of Seoul National University student activist Park Jong-chul, whose torture sparked mass protests that eventually snowballed into the momentous changes of 1987.
With a star-studded cast, the film chronicles the efforts of several pro-democracy figures to uncover the authorities’ cover-up of Park’s torture. Don’t be turned off by the fact that this is a political/historical movie. It feels a lot like a murder mystery or conspiracy thriller, and has a rather fast pace.