Bleak Night

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Bleak Night
South Korean poster
Hangul 파수꾼
Revised Romanization Pasuggun
McCune–Reischauer P'asukkun
Directed by Yoon Sung-hyun
Produced by Yoon Sung-hyun
Kim Seung-june
Park Ki-yong
Jang Hyun-soo
Written by Yoon Sung-hyun
Starring Lee Je-hoon
Seo Jun-young
Park Jung-min
Jo Sung-ha
Music by Park Min-joon
Cinematography Byeon Bong-seon
Edited by Yoon Sung-hyun
KAFA Films
Distributed by Filament Pictures
CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (BIFF)
  • March 3, 2011 (2011-03-03) (South Korea)
Running time
116 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$143,437[1]

Bleak Night (Hangul파수꾼; RRPasuggun; 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]



2010 15th Busan International Film Festival[8]

  • New Currents Award

2011 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival[9]

2011 48th Grand Bell Awards

2011 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards

2011 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[10]

2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards[11]


  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. 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. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 December 2011). "So Ji-sub, Park Hae-il, Lee Tae-gon win top prize at culture and entertainment ceremony". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Film Industry Reporters Pick Crucible As 2011′s Best Film". Soompi. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 

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