Seven Years of Night

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Seven Years Of Night
Film info

Director: Choo Chang-min
Cast: Ryu Seung-ryong, Jang Dong-gun, Song Sae-byuk
Film genre: Drama, Thriller
Cert 15, 123 mins, 2018
Distributed by CJ E&M

Seven Years of Night is an intense, noirish mystery thriller set, like In Dreams (Neil Jordan, 1999) Jindabyne (Ray Lawrence, 2006) and Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014), around a small town and a dam with a ghost town sunk beneath its waters. After a drunken Hyun-soo (Ryu Seung-ryong) accidentally hits a young girl with his car, her monstrous father Young-je (Jang Dong-gun) seeks a vengeance that will involve Hyun-soo's son (Go Kyoung-pyo). Directed and co-adapted by Choo Chang-min (Masquerade, 2012) from a novel by Jung Yoo-jung, this highly accomplished tale of two (or three) errant fathers deftly confounds chronology to weave together an intricate narrative mosaic of guilt, revenge and legacy. It dives deep into the dark waters of patriarchy before opening its floodgates. Elegantly shot and confidently told, it exposes different generations struggling to resurface from suffocatingly toxic masculinity.