When a student dies, his father starts investigating how and why it happened. One of three friends is the perpetrator, another is the victim, while the third is enraged at how their friendship was shattered. Then it is discovered that the dead student was actually the perpetrator and not the victim. How could this be?
Bleak Night (also known as Boys into the Night) begins as a mystery but provides an in-depth look into the growing process of children who have yet to mature and the tragic reality that they are unable to perceive the pain of others. In a time when friendship and wounds reside too close together, they resort to violence as they demand understanding of each other. At the base of it all lie the ruins created by the Korean education system. It is a time when growing up in Korean society means the perpetrator, the victim, and the mediator are scarred, all in the name of growing up. –Pusan International Film Festival
I watch a lot of Korean films. Most of the ones that get distributed over here in North America tend to be slick, commercial blockbusters. "Bleak Night" is not one of those. As other comments have mentioned, this heart-wrenching drama explores territory similar to films like "All About Lily Chou-Chou" and "Blue Spring." Topics such as bullying and broken homes are touched upon as we follow three high school friends whose lives are torn apart due to schoolyard posturing and a general inability to express themselves. This is one of the most assured directorial debuts of the 00's, and the performances - in particular from actor Je-hoon Lee - are nothing short of revelatory.
Collecting my favorite posters from this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, one thing struck me: that I hadn’t actually managed