The average South Korean consumes around 80 packets of ramyeon a year. The rehydrated mix of dried, curly noodles, freeze-dried vegetables and a sachet of powdered soup is one of the country’s most beloved comfort foods, a quickly-whipped, heartwarming meal that sits at the tricky intersection of tasty and convenient.
The characters in Hong Sang-soo’s “In Our Day” are in the minority who takes their ramyeon extra spicy, with thick gochujang paste seeping through the clear soup and tainting it red.
In the 30th feature to join his impressively prolific filmography, Sang-soo juxtaposes two trios united by their preference for fiery noodles, their love of cats and recent visitors who come armed with an array of existential questions posed through the seemingly uneventful themes of routine.
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