Q&A: Yoon Sung-Hyun
Yoon Sung-Hyun’s Bleak Night opens with teenage schoolboys beating their friend in an empty lot near an urban train track. In the following scenes, audiences are taken on an intense journey of a father trying to figure out the death of his son.
The writer-director of this coming-of-age film about three high-school friends is a 29-year old Yoon Sung-Hyun, who made the film as a graduation project for the Korean Academy of Film Arts.
In a rare occurrence for a debut feature, the film won the New Currents Award at last year’s Busan International Film Festival, competed at Rotterdam and was handpicked by CJ Entertainment for wide release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Seoul Correspondent Park Soo-mee recently met with Yoon, and discussed his film and his desire to imitate Ken Loach and Gus Van Sant.