Bleak Night

Bleak Night (2011)

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High school student Gi Tae takes his own life. His father feels a heavy sense of guilt and confusion over his son's death. The father was largely absent from Gi Tae's life. He decides to search for answers on his son's death.
Gi Tae's father finds a picture in his son's desk drawer. The picture consists of Gi Tae and high school friends Dong Yoon and Hee Joon.
Gi Tae's father is read moreable to locate Hee Joon. The high school boy is evasive with answers, explaining he transferred to another school prior to Gi Tae's death. Hee Joon also mentions that Gi Tae's best friend was Dong Hoon. Gi Tae's father thinks back to his son's funeral and recalls that Dong Hoon never showed up at his best friend's funeral. Gi Tae's father then asks Hee Joon to find Dong Yoon, who has now dropped out of school completely. What happened to these three former best friends?

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    Pasuggun

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rad_lisette
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Jan 15, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This film was apparently a thesis project for the director from film school, and all I have to say, is that I am quite impressed.

Bleak Night can be uncomfortable at times because it addresses issues like bullying, friendship (in a high school setting), the power (both good and bad) of words, and all the angst and insecurities that come along with being a teenager.

The story is told through a series read more of flashbacks, which takes some getting used to. The camera work is interesting, as a lot of the shots seem to be hand-held and the color palette of the film is quite gray and drab.

I was completely mesmerized by Lee Je Hoon in this film. Every time he came on screen, my eyes were glued to him. He was definitely the highlight of this film in terms of acting, even if his character isn't necessarily the most likable. Overall, the acting of the cast in this drama is on the better end of the spectrum. All the characters are well portrayed.

My only two gripes with the film: One, there is no explanation of the main character's relationship with his parents and there is a lack of a clear cut ending that satisfied me.

Still, a highly recommended film that shows the darker side of teenage friendships and one of the best South Korean films of the year 2010.
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xnokutisu
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Nov 25, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 2.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This movie is about teen bullying. Not only you will see the victim side but also the bully himself. They started off as good friends until there was a misunderstanding between one of them. Their other good friend tried to help them both to work things out until something tragic happened. I actually feel sorry for the bully instead of the victims. IDK, thats just my opinion.

The only problem I read more had with this movie was that it started off really slow. There were flashbacks and I couldn't tell if it was the present or their past that was playing. You get used to it after a while though. And there isn't any music being played, maybe just 2 songs but it's really short. That is why I gave it a bad score.

Other than that, the actors did a really great job portraying their characters.
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    Kanra Jul 27, 2016 - edited

    Absolutely brilliant film. One of the best I've seen yet.

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    KateBison Jun 1, 2016 - edited

    where i can watch this.. all links are broken .__.

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    Sujach Oct 6, 2015

    masterpiece, really. The thing is though that I was having a straight face the whole movie but once the ending screen came on I started crying and didn't stop for the coming hour

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    lindalinda Jan 23, 2015 - edited

    Seriously, this movie really left deep impression on me, I pity for Gi Tae, although he is not at innocent side. Each one carry responsibility (Gi Tae too) to make the situation became worse with no intention. I love how they make it and music at the end hits me.

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    bmore Dec 17, 2014 - edited
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      arashi84 May 15, 2015

      Great comment :). You expressed exactly what I felt/thought after watching the movie.

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    displacedmoon Oct 2, 2014 - edited

    Really impressed with this movie. I typically avoid films like this because I dislike watching people get bullied. But the writer/director really explored all sides of the story, showing us that bullying takes on all forms and isn't always as clear cut as we think it should be. Well done in my opinion. As other people commented, I felt badly for Gi-Tae, even as he swung back and forth between bullying and repentance.

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    rainecat Aug 7, 2014

    It's something people may not notice, but the pacing of this movie is what I appreciated the most. This movie is thoughtfully timed and crafted without falling into melodramatic extremes. This film is one that will leave the viewer thinking.

    This was both directed and written by a student as a graduation project. I hope to see more from him.

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    JAPANISLIFE Jul 9, 2014

    Boring movie

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    cinnamonnomon Jun 18, 2014 - edited

    Hmm, should I watch Bleak Night (2011) or Pluto (2013)?

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      Dia Aug 22, 2014

      For now, I only watched Pluto, but I'll watch Bleak Night soon. I like these kind of movies. ♥

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    wavy3 May 28, 2014 - edited

    Seems to me Baek Hee and Dong Yoon were the bullies and not Gi Tae...seriously. Bullying doesn't have to be all physical, you know. BH was an emotional bully who used his words to make GT feel like trash, and DY...this things he said to GT were ridiculous and frankly evil. I don't get how people can paint BH as a victim, considering how he treated GT and the things he said to him. Words can hurt a lot more than fists. Ugh. And the stupid misunderstandings were never cleared up, so mad!

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    sochiichi Dec 25, 2013 - edited
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    kiri Aug 19, 2013

    first time in my life, to feel pity toward a bully. great movie!

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Mar 3, 2011
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 56 min.

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