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Night Journey

KIM Soo-yong

  • South Korea
  • 1977
  • 65min
  • 18 +
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

Lee and Pak work at the same bank and live together secretly with their marriage postponed. Lee gets tired of Pak's conformist's behavior and wanders off the street. Somehow, she was led by someone and taken everything. On the day going to Pak's hometown by train for the wedding, she runs away from the dozing future husband. 

PROGRAM NOTE

Lee Hyun-ju (starring Yoon Jeong-hee) is secretly living with her co-worker at the bank, Mr. Park (starring Shin Seong-il), who is not only incapable of satisfying her sexually, but also refuses to offer her the security of marriage. Caught between a state of discontent, the painful memories of her first love and a world of fantasy, her desires kick in. In high school, she falls in love with her teacher who leaves her an unwed mother when he dies in the Vietnam War. She turns to roaming the streets of the night that filled with temptation and pleasure, becoming disillusioned by the wretched and shameless beings that occupy it, and even experiencing ecstasy for the first time from forced sex with strangers.
The "controversy over obscenity" during the late 70s may have forced Kim Soo-yong’s Night Voyage to be cut in more than 50 places. However, from a more sophisticated modernist angle the film indeed introduced a rather sincere picture of a woman’s confused inner world, which shifted between independence and free will, and a repressed desire for sexuality and marriage. Perhaps this is because the film draws us into her daring world of fantasy as she explores the various spaces of the city, but also because it reveals the threats and restrictions inflicted on her body and her mind. [JOO You-shin]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
702 2023-08-25 | 18:40 - 19:45 Korean Film Archive Cinematheque KOFA Screening 2  

Director

  • KIM Soo-yong

    Born in 1929. Kim made his debut in 1958 with A Henpecked Husband and directed more than 100 movies including The Sea Village (1964), Sad Story of Self Supporting Child (1965), Full Ship (1967), Night Journey, Jung-kwang's Nonsense (1986). He received the Best Director Award at 13th Daejong Film Awards with Mist (1967).

     

Credit

  • Producer김태수 KIM Tai-soo
  • Cast 윤정희, 신성일, 주증녀, 최희영, 최길호 YOON Jeong-hee, SHIN Seong-il, JU Jeung-ryu, CHOE Hui-yeong, CHOI Kil-ho
  • Screenwriter 김기팔 KIM Gi-pal
  • Cinematographer 김덕진 KIM Deok-jin
  • Editor 이경자 REE Kyoung-ja

CONTACT

Korean Film Archive | SHIN Jaeyoung | babioo1000@koreafilm.or.kr