Alone

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South Korea | 2015 | 99 minutes | Park Hong-min

A young man finds himself trapped in a living nightmare where he is hunted down again and again in director Park Hong-min's bold, mind-altering psycho-thriller set amid the sprawling maze of alleyways and stairwells in Seoul's gritty shantytown district.

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Su-min has had a strange day. After witnessing and taking long-lens photos of a vicious attack on the rooftop across from his, he was hunted down by the criminals and bludgeoned to death with a hammer. But that's not even the strangest part—the weird thing is he woke up, physically fine, naked, and in the center of town. Su-min finds himself wandering through a rambling, decaying cityscape, filled with stairways to nowhere, twisted alleyways, and unfamiliar houses, until his perpetrators inevitably find him and murder him again. And again. And again. Each time he wakes up in a different area of this maze-like neighborhood, questioning his never-ending existence, running into characters from different periods of his life, and unable to wake up from this incessant nightmare. Filmed in an underdeveloped part of Seoul and using dynamic long takes, Alone achieves a genuinely unsettling dreamlike atmosphere, with optic twists and turns akin to the art of M.C. Escher. South Korean director Park Hong-min delivers a mind-altering psycho-thriller, pushed along by a unique narrative structure and a beautifully claustrophobic visual style that tangles the viewer in one man's descent into paranoia.

Director Biography
Park Hong-min got his start in filmmaking by studying directing and receiving a master's degree at Dong Ah Art University. While he was a student, he directed several short films that were eventually invited to be screened at competitions. His first feature-length film, A Fish, debuted in 2013 to critical success.

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  • Original Language Title: Hon-ja
  • Director: Park Hong-min
  • Principal Cast: Lee Ju-won, Song You-hyun
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Cha Hye-jin
  • Screenplay: Cha Hye-jin
  • Cinematographers: Kim Byeong-jung
  • Editors: Park Hong-min
  • Music: Oh Su-jin
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: A Fish (2011)
  • Language: Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: M-Line Distribution