“That which surpasses Gender.”
I avoided to use the word “Love” because the general perception of people when they read the word “Love” is one defined by our culture, one that involves a male and female, one that is romantic. I warn those who are conservative and with homophobic tendencies to stop here and not go on further, but you can read on and watch it if you truly wish to understand another expression of Love.
I watched this movie for the sole purpose that I wanted to see Kwak Si Yang act. Kwak Si Yang before this movie was someone I only see through a Korean Variety Show called “We Got Married.” In that variety show he is virtually married to another older Korean actress I admire – Kim So Yeon (I Need Romance 3, Falling For Innocence). In the variety show he’s the bright, romantic, husband that any girl would wish for. He has a lovable personality. So I ventured on and found this movie. It caught my eye because if my knowledge of Korea is right, South Korea isn’t open about the concept of Homosexuality and to produce a movie revolving around it with a mainstream actor was definitely something.
So I plunged in and watched the 2-hour long movie (which didn’t really feel like that long).
Night Flight is a story of three childhood friends who’ve become estranged when they reached High School. These three friends were Han Gi-Woong (Lee Jae-Joon), Yong-Ju (Kwak Si Yang) and Gi-Taek (Choi Jun-Ha). The movie is centered on Love but the kind people in conservative nations are mum about. Here we see a cycle of friendship – of happiness, anger, betrayal, indifference. It is filled with pent-up emotions, unexpressed love (shown in clenched fists, of the smallest gestures made). It portrayed the feelings of giving justice to an injustice. It showed the hues of Love between the same sex (particularly between males), from friends, to comrades, to brothers, to lovers, to companion, and it also showed the varied reactions that a mother has when they learn of their sons defying norms, a glimpse of a son’s fear that is portrayed as anger on the outside, a father’s mistake and regret, and the prevalent issue in society which is bullying – being bullied by the students and worse one done by a teacher, alerting authorities about it but fall on deaf ears and finally, Love that transcends gender.