Night Flight

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    Night Flight

    Ya gan bi haeng

    Directed by

    South Korea

    2014

    134 min

    • Korean

    Drama

    Friends in middle school through thick and thin, the three boys Gi-woong, Yong-ju, and Gi-taek start to experience their relationships shake as they go on to high school. Called a “human punching machine” and subjected to violence at school, Gi-taek cannot forgive Gi-woong, who hangs around with the school gang and tacitly consents to violence against his former friend. On the other hand, Yong-ju, having secretly harbored love for Gi-woong, cannot but feel distress and resentment at his old friend’s change. One day, while being chased by gang members, Gi-woong narrowly escapes the crisis by snatching away Yong-ju’s bicycle, which leads to yet another relationship between the two. Yong-ju confesses his long-harbored love to Gi-woong, who in turn tries hard to push away his own feelings. Grasping the subtle relationship between the two boys, Gi-taek feels utterly betrayed. On the other hand, Gi-woong desperately looks for his father, who was imprisoned years ago for setting fire on the factory he worked at as an act of protest but has been released since then. Meanwhile, Seong-jin, the second leader of the gang, is nervous about Gi-woong’s absence and inflicts violence even more cruelly to safeguard his position. Seeking to free himself from the wretched situation, Gi-taek reveals to Seong-jin the relationship between Gi-woong and Yong-ju. Newly fallen prey to the school gang due to Gi-taek’s betrayal, Yong-ju is hurt beyond recovery and tries to let go even of the only ray of hope he had. Witnessing Yong-ju on the verge of suicide and discovering bygone wounds, Gi-woong embarks on an unstoppable rush.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Lee Jae-joon
    Kwak Si-yang
    Choi Joon-ha
    Screenplay
    LeeSong Hee-il
    Cinematography
    Yoon Ji-woon
    Editing
    LeeSong Hee-il
    Sales
    FINECUT CO. LTD.
    Production
    CINEMA DAL

    Press

    Leesong does do a masterful job of depicting a world of casual violence, entitlement and conformity.

    Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

    Night Flight succeeds because it seems effortless.

    Pierce Conran, Twitch

    Leesong Hee-il

    Leesong Hee-il

    South Korea

    Queer melodramas are basically the fights of bodies. Gay cultures show naked bodies like a queer parade to stress their rights to their bodies. Personally I try not to show nudity much in my films. I think that the era of protesting through exhibitionism has come to an end.

    Born in South Korea in 1971, he studied filmmaking at the Independent Film Society. Between 1995 and 2000, he was a member of the independent film group 'Youth Film' during which time he made a number of short films which have screened at national and international film festivals. The director shows skillful directing by mirroring some of the most serious social issues of Korea through stories of individuals and he is one of the most eminent Korean directors of queer film. He was a guest of the Berlin IFF with his debut feature film NO REGRET (2006). NIGHT FLIGHT (2014), a story about immature boys neglected in danger of school violence and isolations was also screened in Berlin IFF.

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