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|Directed by||Yoon Sung-hyun|
|Produced by||Yoon Sung-hyun
|Written by||Yoon Sung-hyun|
|Music by||Park Min-joon|
|Edited by||Yoon Sung-hyun|
|Distributed by||Filament Pictures
Bleak Night (Hangul: 파수꾼; RR: Pasuggun; 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. 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.
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.
- Lee Je-hoon as Ki-tae
- Seo Jun-young as Dong-yoon
- Park Jung-min as Baek Hee-joon ("Becky")
- Jo Sung-ha as Ki-tae's father
- Bae Jae-ki as Jae-ho
- Lee Cho-hee as Se-jung, girlfriend of Dong-yoon
- New Currents Award
- FIPRESCI Prize
2011 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
- Best New Actor (Film): Seo Jun-young
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards
- Best New Actor: Lee Je-hoon
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