Bleak Night
Pasuggun
South Korea, 2011, 117 minutes, SD
Bleak Night Synopsis

High school student Gi-Tae (Lee Je-Hoon) takes his own life. His father (Jo Sung-Ha) feels a heavy sense of guilt and confusion over his son's death. The father was largely absent from Gi-Tae's life. He decides to search for answers on his son's death.


Gi-Tae's father finds a picture in his son's desk drawer. The picture consists of Gi-Tae and high school friends Dong-Yoon (Seo Jun-Young) and Hee-Joon (Park Jung-Min).


Gi-Tae's father is able to locate Hee-Joon. The high school boy is evasive with answers, explaining he transferred to another school prior to Gi-Tae's death. Hee-Joon also mentions that Gi-Tae's best friend was Dong-Hoon. Gi-Tae's father thinks back to his son's funeral and recalls that Dong-Hoon never showed up for his best friend's funeral. Gi-Tae's father then asks Hee-Joon to find Dong-Yoon, who has now dropped out of school completely.


What happened to these three former best friends?


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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Hats off to director Sung Hyun Yoon for this impressive film about youth angst, the dark side of men and the importance of family and parents in guiding their teenage... more
Hats off to director Sung Hyun Yoon for this impressive film about youth angst, the dark side of men and the importance of family and parents in guiding their teenage children. Having won Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards is quite a feat considering that this is supposed to be a graduation project for the up and coming director.  Very admirable is the seamless and flawless way with which time element in the form of flashbacks were brilliantly interjected towards the entirety of the film to provide clarity and a deeper perspective for the viewers with regard to the characters.  Acting portrayals very impressive especially by Je-Hoon Lee who plays the role of Ki-tae, the son who took his life: very natural, spontaneous, expressive and he has an uncanny way of controlling his emotions. Cho Seung Ha as the father was also commendable in this movie; anguished, guilt-ridden and confused. This is worth checking out  especially if you fancy Korean drama flicks.  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
One of the elements strongly noticeable in this film were the close up shots even during scenes where there's quite a lot of action going on like those scenes in... more
One of the elements strongly noticeable in this film were the close up shots even during scenes where there's quite a lot of action going on like those scenes in the classroom where the high school boys get rowdy and playfully hit each other.  This is a powerful movie that aims to delve on what drives a teenage boy to choose death over life but also this brings to the surface issues like clash between teenage boys and their pride and egos and above all, it also brings to light a loose end concerning family relationships and the vital role that the academic institution plays in the personality growth and welfare of its students. Brilliant debut film by director Sung Hyun Yoon who won Best New Director Award for this film from Busan Film Critics Awards,Busan International Film Festival,Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. 
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