Time to Hunt
When Jun-seok is picked up by his buddies Ki-hoon and Jang-ho after three years in prison, it takes him a while to understand how much South Korea has changed following the recent financial crisis. The glittering world of consumerism that he left behind has turned into a dark, post-capitalist desert, in which young men don’t really make any plans for the future anymore. The won is now worthless anything, and the cash loot from their last heist has disappeared into thin air. However, Jun-seok has brought a dream with him from his time in prison that he is determined to hold onto: he longs to escape with his friends to Hawaii, to the warmth and the turquoise sea, to start a new life there. To this end he persuades them to join forces for a risky raid on a casino. The trio has nothing to lose. The robbery succeeds. But what they didn’t expect was that it would incur the wrath of infinitely more powerful criminals. A chase through this dystopian world ensues. In Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan, Yoon Sung-hyun successfully transposes the classic thriller genre into the near future, at the same time delivering a powerful visual reckoning with the social realities of present-day South Korea.
by Yoon Sung-hyun
with Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-soo
South Korea 2020 Korean 134’ Colour


  • Lee Je-hoon (Jun-seok)
  • Ahn Jae-hong (Jang-ho)
  • Choi Woo-shik (Ki-hoon)
  • Park Jeong-min (Sang-soo)
  • Park Hae-soo (Han)


Written and Directed by Yoon Sung-hyun
Cinematography Lim Won-geun
Editing Yoon Sung-hyun, Wang Sung-ik
Music Primary
Sound Design Lee Seung-yup, Kim Young-rok
Sound Ahn Seong-ir
Production Design Kim Bo-mook
Costumes Choi Eui-young
Make-Up Sung So-won
Production Manager Son Moon-sung
Producer Rhee Handae
Co-Producers Yoon Sung-hyun, Lee Chang-ho
Executive Producers Lee Jea-woo, Kwon Ji-won, Kim Hyungsoon, Hong Sung-ho

Yoon Sung-hyun

Born in Oakland, California in 1982, he studied at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and then at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. He made his feature film debut in 2011 with Bleak Night, a coming-of-age drama which provided a sensitive glimpse into the adolescent psyche and won several awards. Time to Hunt comes nine years after his celebrated debut.


2008 Ah-ie-deul (Boys); short film · Yeo-haeng-geuk (Daytrip); short film 2009 Go-baek-han-jan (Drink and Confess); short film 2011 Ba-na-na-swae-ie-keu (Banana Shake); short film · Pa-soo-koon (Bleak Night) 2020 Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan (Time to Hunt)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020