Private Project

The Gaze

On a late-night train, a blind beggar asks for alms. The eight passengers in the carriage all avert their gaze, each preoccupied with their own concerns. But when the beggar drops behind him a crumpled fifty-dollar note, eyes start to falter. Tension breaks out into a brawl just as the train announces its arrival at the next station. It is at that moment that the beggar makes an ironic re-entrance, but this time the passengers’ gaze are transfixed onto him, no longer ashamed to hide their suspicion about his identity. What will be the consequence of their decisions, driven by blind greed?

  • Wonjin Kim
  • Wonjin Kim
  • Wonjin Kim
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,125 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2021 The 11th European Film Festival Integration You and Me

    September 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 2021 4th edition Reale Film Festival
    Best film winner
  • 2021 The Prague International Indie Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    3rd QTR OFFICIAL SELECTION & Honorable Mention
  • 2021 New York City Independent Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 2021 First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • 2021 Horror Lust Film Festival
    Online Event
    March 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 2020 The 16th Jecheon International Music Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    August 17, 2020
    World premiere
    Invitation to the official screening of the 'Today of Korean Music Movies'
  • 2020 The 12th Seoul international Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    September 15, 2020
    Domestic Premiere
    Winning the Audience Awad / Domestic competition official selection
  • 2020 The 10th Chungmuro Short Film Fesitval
    Korea, Republic of
    November 7, 2020
    South Korea Premier
    Grand prize / non-competition
Director Biography - Wonjin Kim

I was a CF director and graphic designer.
Currently, I am preparing for a commercial movie of thriller genre.

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Director Statement

This is a work of fiction based on something I witnessed nine years ago.
A blind beggar was walking through a subway train with all the people turning away. But when he dropped his basket, dropping coins and bills everywhere, everybody looked at the money. After seeing the eyes of those people in that split second, I wanted to show the inner selfishness and greed of the human condition, through the turning of eyes and some cinematic imagination.