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Right Now, Wrong Then (Korean지금은맞고그때는틀리다; RRJigeumeun-matgo-geuttaeneun-teullida) is a 2015 South Korean film written and directed by Hong Sang-soo.[1] It won the Golden Leopard, the top prize at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival, as well as Best Actor for Jung Jae-young.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Right Now, Wrong Then
Right Now, Wrong Then (poster).jpg
Directed byHong Sang-soo
Produced byKim Kyoung-hee
Written byHong Sang-soo
StarringJung Jae-young
Kim Min-hee
Music byJeong Yong-jin
CinematographyPark Hong-yeol
Edited byHahm Sung-won
Jeonwonsa Films
Distributed byGrasshopper Film
Next Entertainment World
Release date
  • August 13, 2015 (2015-08-13) (Locarno)
  • September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) (South Korea)
  • June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24) (United States)
Running time
121 minutes
CountrySouth Korea



Part 1Edit

An arthouse film director, Ham Cheon-soo, travels to Suwon to screen one of his films. While walking around he spies a young, pretty girl. Seeing her a second time in a blessing hall in a temple he strikes up a conversation with her. Recognizing his name after he introduces himself she agrees to go with him to a coffee shop. There she talks about how she used to work as a model but found it empty and uninteresting despite making good money. She currently works as a painter. As he has arrived a day early and has nothing else to do, Cheon-soo goes with Yoon Heejung to her studio and watches her paint. Afterwards he takes her out for sushi and they get drunk on soju. Cheon-soo tells Heejung he appreciates her as a woman and the two flirt. Cheon-soo tells Heejung he likes her as a friend and then as more than a friend. He drunkenly digs through his pockets searching for a ring he can give her but Heejung becomes morose telling him that she doesn't have any friends. Cheon-soo goes out for a smoke and Heejung remembers that she has a small gathering to go to for her friend's birthday. She asks Cheon-soo to accompany her and he does.

The evening goes sour however when Heejung tells her friends how touched she was by the things that Cheon-soo told her about her painting in the gallery and her friend reveals that he has said many similar things in interviews. She also brings up his reputation as a womanizer and the fact that he is married, which he confirms. Heejung goes to lie down to sleep off being drunk. When Cheon-soo tries to approach her again she tells him to leave. Going home her mother berates her for being drunk.

At the screening the following day Cheon-soo is hung-over and acts angry and erratic at the post-film discussion. A friend of Heejung's arrives and gives him a book of her own writing. Cheon-soo leaves to go back to Seoul.

Part 2Edit

The day begins over again. Cheon-soo again goes to the temple where he sees Heejung and introduces himself. At the coffee shop he asks her about her life and she tells him she lives with her mother and never sees her father since he divorced her mother and moved to Seoul.

Cheo-soo goes to Heejung's atelier where he tells her that she paints with confidence but it seems like the painting was made for her alone. He tells her she needs to be bolder with her choices but that the quality of the painting is there. Heejung is outraged that he was so insulting about her painting. To escape her anger Cheo-soo goes out for a smoke. Heejung leads him to the rooftop where she points to where her home is.

At the sushi restaurant Cheo-soo goes for a smoke earlier and then comes back. He tells Cheo-soo she is beautiful and she asks if he is a womanizer. She then asks him why he said that she seemed sad from her painting and he tells her that she projects that aura. She confides in him that she has no friends and he tells her that it's alright, that's probably just the way she is. Cheo-soo then tells her he loves her and wants to marry her but can't as he's married with two children. He begins to cry. Heejung tells him she feels sad and wishes they met at an earlier time. Cheo-soo gives her a ring that he found on the street and Heejung calls it their wedding ring. Heejung again invites him to meet her friends.

At the gathering her friends are more receptive and find Cheo-soo kind and unlike his reputation. Encouraged to drink by Heejung's friends he briefly passes out and plays it off as a bit of play-acting. He then begins taking off his clothes, much to their alarm.

Cheo-soo goes to wake up Heejung and tells her he wants to leave. Though she is initially reluctant to do so for fear of what it will look like she eventually decides to go. Walking home she receives a call from her mother who asks her where she is and tells her that Cheo-soo stripped in front of her friends which she finds hilarious.

Cheo-soo walks her home but asks her to come back out so they can continue talking. Heejung promises to do so and gives him a kiss on the cheek before her mother comes out and she goes inside. Cheo-soo stays outside smoking hoping she will come out again before eventually giving up.

The screening for his film goes well and Cheo-soo stays outside talking with the moderator and an assistant director. Heejung comes out to speak with him and the two wish each other well before she heads back inside to see the rest of the film festival. Before leaving Cheo-soo goes back to the theatre to say goodbye to her and she tells him that she'll watch all of his films from now on.



Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 40 reviews, and an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Right Now, Wrong Then offers diverging perspectives on a chance meeting -- and thought-provoking observations on human interactions in general."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[9]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
68th Locarno International Film Festival
Golden Leopard Right Now, Wrong Then Won
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Won
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[10]
Best Actor Won
Top 10 Films of the Year Right Now, Wrong Then Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Nominated
9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards[11]
Best Actor Won
53rd Gijon International Film Festival[12]
Best Film Right Now, Wrong Then Won
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Won
3rd Wildflower Film Awards[13]
Best Director (Narrative Films) Hong Sang-soo Nominated
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Won
Best Actress Kim Min-hee Nominated
Best Screenplay Hong Sang-soo Nominated
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Nominated
Best Actress Kim Min-hee Nominated
16th Busan Film Critics Awards
25th Buil Film Awards
Best Actor Jung Jae-young Nominated
14th International Cinephile Society


  1. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (14 August 2015). "Right Now, Wrong Then (Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun teullida): Locarno Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  2. ^ Blaney, Martin (15 August 2015). "S Korea's Right Now, Wrong Then wins top prizes at Locarno". Screen Daily. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ Lodge, Guy (15 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then Takes Top Honors At Locarno". Variety. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ Kim, Bo-eun (16 August 2015). "Director Hong Sang-soo wins top honor at Locarno film festival". The Korea Times. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  5. ^ Won, Ho-jung (17 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's new film wins at Locarno". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Wins Top Prize in Locarno". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  7. ^ Kim, Da-hee (2016-06-26). "'Right Now, Wrong Then' well received in US". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  8. ^ "Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Right Now, Wrong Then Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Park, So-jung (28 October 2015). "The Throne rakes in three film critics' awards". Yonhap. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Jung Jae-young Named Best Actor at Film Awards in Australia". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Hong Sang-Soo and Arturo Ripstein are the stars of Gijón's awards list". Cineuropa. 30 November 2015.
  13. ^ Nadilo, Sebastien. "Alive Wins Grand Prize Award at The 3rd Korean Wildflowers Film Awards Korea – Winners 2016". Retrieved 2016-04-22.

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