Bleak night

Bleak night

Streaming Video - 2011 | Korean
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Still mystified by his son's death, the father of high school student Ki-tae tries to track down his two best friends to try to find an explanation. In parallel, flashbacks to the time gradually reveal what really happened, starting with Ki-tae's needling and bullying of a classmate, Hee-joon.
Publisher: [United States] : CJ Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 116 min.)) : sd., col.
Alternative Title: Original title: Pasookkoon
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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cornelia6
Nov 25, 2014

It's a shame the other reviewers thought this movie was "too complex" or too influenced by America (name me a country that isn't). I waited a while to see this as I thought it would be a draining melodrama from the father's p.o.v., which it is not. Instead, we have a subtle drama between 3 main teenaged boys that highlight the conflicts that can arise when the price of friendship is too high. This was such an intense drama, yet voices were rarely raised. I did sympathise for dead character, even though he was a little swine to his friends; that's what makes it so sad. If you stick with the story, you will see why he was such a tragic figure. All the young men were phenomenal actors. Photography, music score, directing and editing all excellent.
Don't watch this if you don't like subtitles or "slow" movies.

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 14, 2013

Korea, an industrial and economic success story, is a country with the highest suicide rate. This film by first time director Sung-Hyun Yoon explores the events leading up to the suicide of one teenage boy. Acting was good by a young cast of three but somehow I failed to show sympathy for the deceased, who was often portrayed as a bully and acted like one. The relationship among the three close friends was a bit too complex. These two 'flaws' took away some of my liking for the film. Korean with subtitles.

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mjayh
Jul 23, 2013

One of the main reasons I like foreign films is to get a real sense of other cultures. I abandoned this one part way through for several reasons, but primarily because the dialogue seems more North American than Japanese. It's true that americanisms make their way into other languages, but this was ridiculous.

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zal1
Mar 21, 2013

looks like a Korean version of A Separate Peace....not exactly. A friendship-gone-sour story.

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