Bleak Night

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Bleak Night
South Korean poster
Revised RomanizationPasukkun
Directed byYoon Sung-hyun
Produced byYoon Sung-hyun
Kim Seung-june
Park Ki-yong
Jang Hyun-soo
Written byYoon Sung-hyun
StarringLee Je-hoon
Seo Jun-young
Park Jung-min
Jo Sung-ha
Music byPark Min-joon
CinematographyByeon Bong-seon
Edited byYoon Sung-hyun
KAFA Films
Distributed byFilament Pictures
CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (BIFF)
  • March 3, 2011 (2011-03-03) (South Korea)
Running time
116 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$143,437[1]

Bleak Night (Hangul파수꾼; RRPasukkun; lit. "The Lookout") is a 2010 South Korean coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Yoon Sung-hyun. The film is about a father's search for answers following his son's death, and the shifting dynamics at play among three high-school friends.[2] A Korean Academy of Film Arts graduation project by Yoon Sung-hyun, it received rave reviews and won several Best New Actor awards for Lee Je-hoon, as well as Best New Director for Yoon at the Grand Bell Awards and Busan Film Critics Awards.[3][4]


Still mystified by his son's death, the father (Jo Sung-ha) of high school student Ki-tae (Lee Je-hoon) tries to track down his two best friends, classmates Hee-joon (Park Jung-min) and Dong-yoon (Seo Jun-young), to try to find an explanation. Through Ki-tae's classmate Jae-ho, the father meets Hee-joon, who says he cannot help as he moved schools "weeks before what happened to Ki-tae." Afterwards, Hee-joon berates Jae-ho for giving his phone number to Ki-tae's father but Jae-ho tells him that Ki-tae "went crazy" after he moved away. Hee-joon manages to trace Dong-yoon and urges him to contact Ki-tae's father and provide some answers. In parallel, flashbacks to the time gradually reveal what really happened, starting with Ki-tae's needling and bullying of Hee-joon and the latter's response.[5][6][7]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2010 15th Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award Bleak Night Won [8]
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Park Jung-min Nominated
Seo Jun-young Nominated
Best New Director Yoon Sung-hyun Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
35th Hong Kong International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize Bleak Night Won [9]
SIGNIS Award Nominated
40th International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Award Nominated
48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Director Yoon Sung-hyun Won [10]
Best New Actor Lee Je-hoon Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [11]
Seo Jun-young Nominated
Best New Director Yoon Sung-hyun Won
12th Busan Film Critics Awards Won
5th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
21st Black Movie Festival Young Adults Jury Awards Won
Cine 21 Awards Best New Director Won [12]
Best New Actor Lee Je-hoon Won
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Won
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Won [13]


  1. ^ "Bleak Night (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  2. ^ Beck, Una (3 March 2011). "PREVIEW: Film Bleak Night". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Lee, Claire (18 October 2011). "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 December 2011). "Late Autumn"to take best pic for Busan critics award". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Elley, Derek (11 January 2011). "Bleak Night". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (25 March 2011). "No easy answers in complex portrait of teen angst". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Young, Neil (15 February 2011). "Bleak Night: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ Bourne, Christopher (31 August 2010). "The best films of the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival". Meniscus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  9. ^ "Winners of the 35th HKIFF competitions". Hong Kong International Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  10. ^ "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. 18 October 2011.
  11. ^ "'The Unjust' best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Herald. 27 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Cine 21 Awards 2011". Cine 21. 3 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Film Industry Reporters Pick Crucible As 2011′s Best Film". Soompi. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-13.

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