Kino Lorber has taken all North American rights to acclaimed South Korean thriller and 2014 Cannes entry “A Hard Day,” written and directed by Seong-hun Kim. The film had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, subsequently playing at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. (Trailer below.)
A box office hit in its home country, “A Hard Day” is slated for a summer 2015 theatrical release followed by VOD and home video play in the Fall. The thriller pivots on a homicide detective who, in less than 24 hours, receives a divorce notice from his wife, loses his mother and finds himself in the crosshairs of a corrupt police investigation—and soon enough, that “hard day” goes from bad to worse.
This unexpected picture is Seong-hun’s second film as a director after 2006’s “How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men.” Reviews for “Hard Day” out of Cannes and Toronto have been strong, with The Playlist writing “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.”