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KoreanImported Total admissions: During a drunken mash-up with his buddies, his best friend Ki-sang Yook Sang-yup: Next day, Hyuk-jin arrives at Jeongseon only to find himself stranded without his friends.
He reluctantly spends the night in the town, in a wrong guest house, as it turns out. To add insult to injury, his awkward attempt to "pick up" the next-door neighbor Kim Kang-hee results in an ego-damaging brush-off by her thuggish companion Tak Seong-joon.
But Hyuk-jin's troubles are far from over, as the weird locals he encounters, including a motor-mouthed woman with nasty temper Lee Ran-hee and a good-natured truck driver Sin Woon-seopbegin to pose threat not only to his financial security and mental stability but perhaps to his chastity?
Filmed extremely cheaply with the total budget allegedly under 10 million won over a couple of years by director Noh Young-seok with zero film-school background, Daytime Drinking won an audience award at the Jeonju Film Festival and landed a robust distribution deal, even though its box office performance did not measure up to the mind-boggling success of Old Partner, another extreme low-budget indie feature.
Daytime Drinking is definitely not a good showcase of filmmaking skills on the part of director Noh: For instance, the camera seems to have trouble keeping a proper focus in some distant shots, resulting in blurred edges, as if we are seeing them through an opaque window.
What's funny is that these scenes, usually showing Hyun-sik stranded in the middle of nowhere, make him, in the context of this rough-and-tumble but strangely charming flick, appear sunk in the middle of a fish bowl, amusingly illustrating the character's exasperation and, shall we say, dork-ish qualities.
The film is full of these even-its-goofs-are-hilarious moments. Outwardly Daytime Drinking could be mistaken for a low-octane parody of a Hong Sang-soo film the main characters swig hard liquor like whales in both cases: Song Sam-dong as Hyuk-jin, even though barely "acting" in the technical sense, serves as the perfect foil for the languorously surreal characters he runs into.
Even when the troubles keep piling up, the doofus kid always stays one-and-a-half steps behind the right response, making his expression of slow-burn befuddlement, when done right, both droll and sympathetic.
The film only loses its bearing in the last thirty minutes or so, when Hyuk-jin finally meets up with Ki-sang and visits the "right" "pension.
I wish the movie had a more dynamic, emotionally cathartic resolution that shows Hyuk-jin actively taking some initiatives against his tormentors. I guess he does a tiny bit of that, off-screen Daytime Drinking may not be an earth-shaking masterpiece, but Noh Young-seok's no-budget comedy has its heart in the right place, and richly deserves the praise it has garnered from the viewers.
Be careful not to be ambushed by the film's end-credit music, also composed by director Noh a la John Carpenter. It's a sort of techno-ppongjjak, like ballroom muzak played for International Conference of the Organ Grinder's Monkey Association: I warn you, you won't be able to get it out of your brain once you heard it.
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