LKFF 2022: Hot in Day, Cold at Night

  • Director

    Park Song-yeol

  • Cast

    Park Song-yeol, Won Hyang-ra

  • Genre

  • Release Date


  • Runtime

    90 mins

  • Cert


  • Awards

    Busan International Film Festival - Critic b Award, KBS Independent Film Award

Screening accompanied by an introduction with programmer Darcy Paquet 


However bad things get, married couple Young-tae (Park Song-yeol) and Jeong-hee (Won Hyang-ra) promise themselves that they will never borrow from loan sharks. But with both of them out of work, scraping by on the occasional odd job, their circumstances only continue to worsen. Eventually, without telling her husband, Jeong-hee begins to contemplate the unthinkable.

Hot in Day, Cold at Night might look from its plot summary to be a depressing tale of economic hardship, but filmmaking-screenwriting duo Park Song-yeol and Won Hyang-ra – who also play the leading roles – have an entirely different tone in mind. Although not quite a comedy, the film’s finely-calibrated blend of sardonic humour and touching vulnerability have made this one of the year’s most talked-about Korean independent films. Shot on a miniscule budget, Hot in Day, Cold at Night shows how it is possible to create remarkable art out of the most basic materials.


Darcy Paquet