Right Now, Wrong Then

Hong Sangsoo
121 minutes


Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture, he stops by a restored palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, and they have sushi and soju. More conversation follows, along with more drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different. An uncanny romantic comedy, RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN is a deliciously intricate masterwork from filmmaker Hong Sangsoo.


“One of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far): Kim Min-hee.”
– The New York Times

“Kim Min-hee’s exquisitely nuanced performance is at the center of Right Now, Wrong Then. The differences in the two halves of the movie reveal new facets of the characters and create new tensions between them. They also give free rein to Kim’s range, allowing her to play with intonation, gestures, flickering looks.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“I loved RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN. I thought it was brilliant.”
— Isabelle Huppert, Actor

“RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN may well be his masterpiece. Winner of the Locarno festival’s top prize, it’s an ingeniously bisected foiled-romance study, playing out the same brief Suwon encounter between a visiting filmmaker and a young local painter twice, the minor variations in each version rich with rueful philosophical implication.”
— Guy Lodge, The Guardian