South Korean poster
|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: Pasukkun; 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
Awards and nominations
|2010||15th Busan International Film Festival||New Currents Award||Bleak Night||Won|||
|2011||20th Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Park Jung-min||Nominated|
|Best New Director||Yoon Sung-hyun||Nominated|
|35th Hong Kong International Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize||Bleak Night||Won|||
|40th International Film Festival Rotterdam||Tiger Award||Nominated|
|48th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Director||Yoon Sung-hyun||Won|||
|Best New Actor||Lee Je-hoon||Won|
|32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|||
|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|||
|Best New Actor||Lee Je-hoon||Won|
|19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Won|
|2012||3rd KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
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