White Night

Won-gyu, a steward, returns to Seoul 2 years after he left with a painful memory. He meets Tae-jun, acquainted on the Web, and they have a special night at the place of Won-gyu’s aforementioned memory. A queer film by Leesong hee-il inspired by an actual case of random street assault by a homophobe in Jong-no.


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, they head to a bar. Suddenly the main character recognizes a man in the bar, and chases after him, as they run through urban streets. The man in red follows, despite not understanding the situation.

It is later revealed he main character was stabbed in a homophobic attack, and the man he chased after knows the man who stabbed him, and his current location – the pool hall. The main character states it is the reason he left Korea, as it shook his life up, and outed his sexuality publicly

(Source: imdb.com; koreanfilm.or.kr)

You may watch the official trailer here:

Original Title: Baek-ya


Language:  Korean

Country:  South Korea

Category: Drama

Director: Hee-il Leesong

Stars: Hyun-sung Kim, Yi-Kyeong Lee, Tae-hee Won

Run time:  75 min

Release:  2012

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