Night Flight

Night Flight (2014)

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Three teenage boys who were once close friends grow apart when they reach high school: Yong Ju lives hiding his true sexual orientation, Gi Woong becomes the leader of the school gang, and Gi Taek an obsessive manga fan. Tired of the constant malicious bullying by Gi Woong’s gang, Gi Taek betrays them by disclosing that Yong Ju has loved Gi Woong for years. Surrounded by an insecure boundary of the school read moreand wounded by betrayals, the boys are driven into catastrophe.

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Aug 2, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
An oasis in this wasteland, as Lucien Carr may say, and I'm willing to say it twice. I wasn't even going to write a review, since I'm still overwhelmed and my words may lack the power to describe how painfully touching this movie is. But shall we?

What a sweet poster! ... Fooled me. Well, I didn't even watch the trailer. I couldn't anticipate the plot, the atmosphere; nothing. Koreans have this read more unhealthy habit of using same-gender romance as fanservice, and personally, I'm so sick of it. They bring the sweet part of it and forget how unrealistic that is, especially in Korea, but it's trendy. So, coming from such a harsh society, it's rare to see a realistic and brave movie regarding this matter. Lately, not only in cinematography, but also music, I've noticed more support and attention in this country. Night Flight is nothing about fetishizing homosexuality and avoiding the truth. This movie manages to show a honest reality, with striking scenes and a solid plot.

It explores the relationship between three childhood friends — Yong Joo, Gi Wook and Gi Taek. Yong Joo and Gi Wook own the plot, while Gi Taek holds a meaningful role through the story. The two of them have a complicated relationship, a kind of bitter, one-sided friendship which lacks closeness and words. This already confusing relationship they have takes a new turn when Yong Joo realizes the feelings he has for Gi Wook have been romantic for a very long time. So he walks further. And everything crashes, in a very beautiful, aching way. Don't expect sweetness, there's no such thing. At least, not how it usually looks like. Let go of your affectionate dramaland and learn to see differently. The emotions can be seen only through gestures, the way the look at each other, the way they don't when they can't see each other (but they wonder about the other) and the words they always seem to share without speaking. Both cruel and kind words. Thus, the moments they speak, the dialogue is actually complex, behind its simple words. So, it's intense and much honest. I found they personalities very pure, pained and so lonely, bearing their own heavy stories, but they choose to cope with their feelings in completely opposite ways — Yong Joo is the bright, brave and sincere one, while Gi Wook is quieter, violent and doesn't know how to express himself. I thought for a moment, given their situations, it's more expected for their personalities to have been reversed, but this way it's actually more interesting, I really like that.
The acting, with more interest in the body language rather than words, was intense and surprisingly good. I could feel their pain growing under my skin, and all it took was looking into their eyes and their messy gestures. Some scenes are still haunting me.
Given how quiet and raw the movie feels, when the music starts, it speaks emotions. Not too much, really, just the right amount of sounds to make it more touching, at the right time. Visually, there are many important details; sometimes it's bright, but mostly dark. Some shoots are serene, colorful and truly artistic, matching the emotions (love), while some are simply raw, monotone and cruel, matching the reality (pain). A very creative contrast.
Do I plan on rewatching it? Of course, probably many times. I'm typing and I can feel the urge to go back and watch some parts, but I'll stay away for a while and let it sink in. Not long, though. I can't wait to see if it's going to hurt more or less (most likely, more). Profound movies always touch deeper the second time.

Yes, it's a sad, realistic movie, with sad teenagers in love. Too young to be so damaged, yet very common. And no, the actors don't look like models, their skin isn't godlike. They look human and, also, they fight for being humans, in a world full of emotionless and harmful silhouettes. This movie shouldn't be overlooked or judged before watching. Let go of any previous disappointing experience with gay-themed movies and dwell in Night Flight. It's the kind of movie that should be watched late at night, when the mind is a little tired to analyze, and the feelings are more perceptive. Because it stains, yet it doesn't feel only painful — it's also very sweet. Beautifully tragic.
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Jun 19, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Ok ! Well , writing the first review for this movie I feel a bit nervous .. but here we go :
First of all , watching this movie be prepared to see any kind of obscenity and odium could be found in society ! in other words , this is an extremely bitter social melodrama with a very sharp and harsh way of protesting to the current problems of -not only read more Korean- but also the world's teens and youth !
I've read somewhere that director of this movie , has made it after seeing a CCTV video of a young boy crying before killing himself ! Knowing the fact that this story has a high chance of being a true one , gave me an special unforgettable feeling while watching this movie.
The best thing about the story is that it's not specifically for Gay people or any other special group of human beings , I think It's the story we all can relate !
We all can feel how much we've changed during our puberty and some of us have changed so much that looking back at our childhood , It's very hard for us to recognize if we're the same person or not !
Actors are amazing ! It was really interesting for me to see how this older actors could greatly transfer the feelings of being a teen that you can hardly believe they're in their 20's !
Background music was good and dramatic ...
And the ending ... Wow ! that's when you want to stand up and clap in tears ! (which I did :D)
anyways , this is surly one of the best and moving social movies I've ever seen !
I'm sure it will stuck in my mind for a long long time ... I've already seen it 2 times in one day cause at the first time I was really in a SHOCK seeing that much violence , that I could hadly get the massage of movie !
I'm glad that It was choosen by the international film festivals as well , It's great to see how Korean Cinema Industry is getting more and more known by the world , and I think this movie a MUST SEE for all people !
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Both stray away from the romanticized ideal of gay relationships and focus on the hard hitting reality of it.
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A complicated like-love friendship but Night Flight is much more darker and it differentiates a lot the main characters.
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    mvlpvqlvm Jun 30, 2017

    Not an easy to watch movie at times. Very powerful. The ending was sooooo bittersweet.

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    KainGuru Apr 25, 2017 - edited
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      gazettu Jul 4, 2017

      do you really think that's the story message? i think you didn't understand a single thing. as if being gay, especially in a country like korea, were as easy as it is on yaoi anime.

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    Gizmo Mar 20, 2017

    Great movie

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    meme Feb 9, 2017

    i actually really enjoyed it
    it's good

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    PabboStell Jan 31, 2017

    I'm disappointed. Honestly, I expected much more!
    The story had potential but... that's all.
    It was kind of slow and not well devoleped, sadly.

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    inactive Jan 28, 2017 - edited
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    haitakaz Dec 9, 2016

    The movie was good and a bit different to typical movies, but at the same time it was kinda slow. I thought it was boring sometimes because it didn't happened so much, but I don't regret to have watched it and recommend people to watch it at least one time.

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    Silvie Nov 5, 2016 - edited

    Almost had a panic attack, I was so broken and I don't know, it just felt like they were our friends. The movie is amazing, everything was perfect even though it broke my heart. I just want to see them happy and I don't know I've just finished watching it I'm still overwhelmed to write a good comment. But still, watch it. The movie is on youtube.
    Edit: I didn't recognize Lee Jae Joon, I'm surprised to find out he was playing in this movie. If I didn't check who were the actors I wouldn't have known

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    Emma Oct 16, 2016

    Couldn't seem to stop thinking about this movie after watching.... in a good way. ^^ I think it gets across a good message that anyone can appreciate!

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    milkycoffee Sep 17, 2016

    Just wonderful! I've seen it a year ago but I still rewatch it and wonder how it can be perfect in every single area, including the cinematography and the music. The script is so subtle that you watch it without feeling anything in particular but then all the emotions hit you at once. And that's probably Kwak Shi Yang's best performance so far.

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    FlahFreitas Aug 22, 2016

    Nossa, esse filme foi um achado no youtube e acabou por me surpreender. Retrata uma realidade que é pouco abordada, fugindo também da banalização que costumam fazer com o amor entre homossexuais.

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    Minha Jul 17, 2016

    This movie was so powerful, had an enormous impact on me

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    foreverwitchy Jul 16, 2016

    such a sad yet beautiful movie. I applaud the actors and director it was very well crafted!

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    Mimo Jul 11, 2016
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    ReyBo Jun 17, 2016

    too sad , little romance :(


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Aug 28, 2014
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 24 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 1,097 users)
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