Third Window Films switch up from the trend of releasing Japanese films as seen in most of their output last year and in two of the last two month’s finest world cinema titles like “The Story of Yonosuke” and the ultra-brilliant “Shady” and returns to its early days by releasing more Korean films like this award-winning title, “Bleak Night”. Here are the details:
The debut film of Yoon Sung-hyun
Korea / 2010 / 116 Mins / In Korean with English subtitles / Colour
Featuring the debuts of Park Jung-min & Seo Jun-young
Alongside: Lee Je-hoon (Ghost Sweepers, The Front Line)
Jo Sung-ha (Pluto, The Yellow Sea)
Out on DVD May 26th, 2014
DVD Special Features
Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with 5.1 Surround Sound
BOYS – Director Yoon Sung-hyun’s 30 min short film,
Bleak Night is the story of a grieving father (Jo Sung-ha) over the death of his son Ji-tae (Lee Je-hoon) and trying to make sense of it all. After going through Ji-tae’s things and stumbling on a few pictures of him and his friends, Ji-tae’s father attempts to track them down to inquire just what could possibly lead to his son committing suicide. His journey leads him to Hye-jun (Park Jung-min) and Dong-yoon (Seo Jun-young) who were once Ji-tae’s best friends, but Hye-jun transferred schools a few weeks before Ji-tae’s death and Dong-yoon dropped out of school and skipped out on the funeral. As one troubled man chews over everyone continuously giving him answers to everything other than the questions he finds himself repeatedly asking, the delicate and yet intricate boundaries of companionship are pushed to their limits.
A student feature from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), which has been training some of the Korea’s best talent since the ‘80s, including Bong Joon-ho, Im Sang-soo, & Kim Tae-gyun.
KAFA produces four feature-length projects per year.
Winner: FIPRESCI Award
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Winner: New Currents Award
Busan International Film Festival
Winner: Best Screenplay
Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated: Tiger Award
Rotterdam International Film Festival