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Late one night on a bridge over the Han river, two lonely young souls meet. This chance encounter kicks off of an overnight odyssey through contemporary Seoul, richly etched in luminous black-and- white. In addition to that restless aimlessness specific to young adults, struggling actor Ji-hoon and office worker Eun-yeong are both going through relationship issues, though hers are more troubling. As they walk through the city and confide in each other, the two develop a tentative bond, and slowly restore a bit of their faith in humanity. But don’t be fooled— while it may be sweet-natured, Our Midnight is no rote indie romance. Lim Jung-eun’s first feature is after deeper emotional territory, and her sensitive handling marks her clearly as a filmmaker to watch. This contemporary South Korean riff on indie classics like Before Sunrise “takes the best of what’s come before and channels them into a work completely its own. It’s focused on how special one night with a stranger can be, allowing yourself to be truly vulnerable with someone that you might never see again. Sometimes it does feel like your entire life will be okay after one perfect night” (The Film Stage). (MK)


Presented with support from UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    77 minutes
  • Language
    Korean
  • Country
    South Korea
  • Director
    Lim Jung-eun
  • Screenwriter
    Lim Jung-eun
  • Producer
    Kim Duk-joong
  • Cast
    Lee Seung-hun, Park Seo-eun, Lim Young-woo
  • Cinematographer
    Kim Jin-hyeong
  • Editor
    Lim Jung-eun
  • Music
    So Sue-jeong