1987: When the Day Comes

Out Now On-Demand

We chose change.

South Korean historical drama about the June '87 Democracy Movement which begot the end of Chun Doo-hwan's military regime.

The unlawful interrogation and death of university student Park Jong-Chul inspires ordinary citizens to fight for the truth and bring about justice.


Directed by

  • Joon-hwan Jang('Save the Green Planet!', 'Hwayi: A Monster Boy', 'Camellia')

Written by

Drama, True Story & Biography, Historical, World Cinema


Rating: M Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb

Korean with English subtitles

South Korea

Los Angeles Times


Here's an admirable dot-connecting quality to "1987," akin to HBO's "The Wire," as it wends from backroom scheming among powerful men to street riots starring an angry public ...

Variety (USA)


A compelling depiction of how brave individuals from all walks of life mobilised a whole nation to bring a recalcitrant dictator and his henchmen to their knees.

The Sunday Age


South Korea's fraught transition from dictatorship to democracy in 1987 is shaped with fictional detail and sometimes excessive melodrama, but as a political thriller Jang Joon-hwan's film has a tense urgency as the resistance slowly turns the tide.