White Night is the "Plus One!" that concludes Korean Cultural Service's Korean Movie Night's first series of 2012. (Three films by Jang Hun plus this one by Park Shin-Woo.)
It's a sprawling, evil epic about an unsolved crime that happened 14 years previously that has spilled its poison out over the subsequent years. Based on a best-selling Japanese novel, the film features a riveting performance by Go Soo, star of The Frontline (2011).
Director Park Shin-Woo turns this movie into a slick, beautifully realized film about true evil, as a detective refuses to let go of this single case, instead insisting on following its threads for years no matter where they lead. And where they lead is dark and truly shocking.
This hit film has been called the best Korean film of 2009 by several critics and once you’ve seen it, it’s hard to forget.