Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 12

Search Out (South Korea) - Past Film

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SEARCH OUT is a thriller surrounding the "dark heart of the internet," drawing attention to the new age of cyberbullying, trolling and criminal activities connected to online games.

Three millennials find their lives and careers in perpetual limbo in this Korean thriller marking the debut of Kwan Jung. As social media usage continues to gravely impact the mental health of its followers worldwide, the three friends are drawn to the Instagram account Ereshkigal which they learn is linked to suicides. This affords them an infusion of intrigue in their otherwise routine lives as they look to root out the perpetrator threatening the well/being of those who are emotionally vulnerable. Drawing inspiration from 2016’s “Blue Whale Challenge,” a real-life social media phenomenon that enlisted followers with regular assignments that eventually led to directives to commit suicide, this gritty drama is filled with plenty of dark, dank ambience and performances by up/and/coming talent absorbing the viewer for the entirety of its 90-minute running time.

Director Kwak Jung

SEARCH OUT is a palatable debut from Kwak Jung, who shows a keen eye for skeletal social commentary alongside fresh takes on melodramatic tales of hopeless members of society." -- Nathan Sartain, Asian Movie Pulse

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Country
    South Korea
  • Premiere
    North American Premiere
  • Note
    Mystery, Drama, Korean with English subtitles
  • Director
    Kwak Jung
  • Cast
    Kim Sung-cheol, Heo Ga-yoon, Lee Si-eon