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The plot appears to follow a man who returns to Korea for one night. HE has been away for an extended period of time. At a café, he meets up with a lover he left behind when he left Korea, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hyun-sung Kim Hyun-sung Kim
Yi-Kyeong Lee Yi-Kyeong Lee
Tae-hee Won Tae-hee Won
Yi-Kyung Yi Yi-Kyung Yi
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The plot appears to follow a man who returns to Korea for one night. HE has been away for an extended period of time. At a café, he meets up with a lover he left behind when he left Korea, and the lover reveals he is seeing someone different, and is still hurt by him having left . He claims that he, too, is seeing someone different - "a 35 year old in Germany". Equally wounded, tears begin to form in the eye of the main character, and he abruptly leaves the café without saying goodbye, when his past lover goes back in to make another order. Later in the evening, he is approached by a man in a red jacket. They quickly become acquainted and their communications escalate towards a sexual nature. He notices a scar on the back of the main character's shoulder. The main character becomes tentative and touchy, and decides suddenly he does not want to do anything sexual with the man in red, to the man in red's confusion. However, he still wants his company, and so after some small bickering, ... Written by Hans H

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Country:

South Korea

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Korean

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15 November 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

White Night See more »

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Hint: Read the synopsis beforehand, or you will get lost in the story line. The plot deserves better
2 April 2013 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Berlinale 2013, where it was part of the Panaroma section. The story revolves around something that refuses to become clear until halfway the running time. I had a vague idea what was going on and what skeleton in the closet it was all about, because I had read the synopsis beforehand. Failing that, the viewer is left dangling and will probably miss the point completely.

All in all, I scored "ambivalent" for the audience award when leaving the theater. The constantly changing mood of Won-gyu is a dominant factor, complicating our grip on the story more than necessary. The plot deserves a better treatment.


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