Night Light

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    Night Light

    Directed by

    South Korea

    2018

    108 min

    • Korean

    Drama

    One cold winter, Hee-tae is diagnosed as terminally ill. He receives a letter from his ex-wife who divorced him and left 10 years ago. She wants their son, Min-sang′s name to be registered under Hee-tae′s family registry for a stable life. Hee-tae wants to see his son before he dies, as the boy was born after the divorce and he has never seen his face. He agrees to her request on condition that his son spend two nights with him at his home in the mountains. When Min-sang sees his father for the first time he is more than a little uncomfortable staying with him in the mountains. However, the boy becomes interested in the surroundings and feels closer to Hee-tae. night light is a quiet, lonely movie like mountain life. Hee-tae′s days are preoccupied with digging here and there for rare medicinal herbs and going to town to sell them. This man who has been waiting calmly for death, is soon unsettled by the presence of his son. Though they don’t talk as much as to fully understand each other, their affection for each other is conveyed secretly.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Jae-ryong SONG 송재룡
    Daehan JI 지대한
    Ahmi JUNG 정아미
    Yong-gu KANG 강영구
    Screenplay
    Mooyoung KIM 김무영
    Cinematography
    Boram KIM 김보람
    Editing
    Mooyoung KIM 김무영
    Production
    VOID SPACE

    Press

    Sound design emphasises the kind of quiet in which every creak and crack is magnified into a dramatic event.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Kim Mooyoung

    Kim Mooyoung

    As well as making movies, Kim Mooyoung also creates research-based media art, which is being exhibited in several countries. After three short films, SLOW DAY (2010), CONCRETE (2012), and LAND WITHOUT PEOPLE (2016), he directed his first feature film, NIGHT LIGHT (2018), which was invited to Busan International Film Festival 2018 and Seoul Independent Film Festival 2018.