The first scene of ’Time to Hunt’ is interesting. The camera walk is unique. When the film starts, in the dark, we can listen to the conversation between Jang-ho’ and ‘Ki-hoon’. Then, the screen brightens and shows two friends talking. At first, It looks like an objective shot, which is commonly used. However, as soon as the two characters step outside the convenience store, the camera makes a unique move. The camera stops following the two and looks around as if a living person is looking around the world. In other words, this scene appears to be someone’s point-of-view shot. I think the first scene is the moment when someone wakes up. We can guess whose view point it is. Naturally, it’s the view point off ‘Jun-seok’ who is just coming out of prison, because he is the main character and he leads the story. In addition, it can also be seen as the eyes of the audience.
The film has a lot of motives about ‘Dream’ and ‘Sleep’. The tragedy that these boys experienced is due to the dream that ‘Jun-seok’ wanted to achieve. ‘Jang Ho’ pretends to be asleep a lot. In the middle of the film, the nightmare of ‘Jun-seok’ often comes out. ‘Ki-hoon’ says, “This is a nightmare, right? How could this be real?” And the film itself is likened to a dream. If the first scene is the eyes of the audience, it is also worth considering the film itself as a dream. If you watch the film with this logic, you can see quite interesting metaphors all over the film.
To paraphrase it, ‘Time to Hunt is ‘the nightmare like reality’. Or It’s ‘the reality like nightmare’. The reason why ‘Jun-seok’ falls into the tragedy is because he wants a pretty dream that he ca’nt achieve. Jun-seok’s life in Taiwan, the dream of ‘Jun-seok’ is described dryly in the film. Non-realistic reality intervenes in reality in Taiwan. It is beautiful but not the space of ‘Jun-seok.’ The time of nightmare is described realistically. It means that Jun-seok’s space is the nightmare. At first glance, it’s pessimistic, but the film doesn’t say, “So keep living in nightmares.” The unnecessary narration, which shows the director’s purpose directly, says ‘Jun-seok should not avoid the nightmare but should counter to it. If ‘Jun-seok’ wants to have another good dream, he has to wake up from that nightmare first. And when he accepts that hellish space is his space, he can see what he has to hunt to break the nightmare.
This is probably the director Yoon Sung-hyun’s idea about young people. Youngsters, who have no choice but to bounce here and there like pinballs in the fog, live in admiration of pretty dreams that cannot be achieved, whether on TV or in advertising. The dream seldom come true. Even if we achieve the dream, we can’t enjoy that dream if we avoid our responsibilities. It is not growth that has reached that dream. Yoon’s children can grow a little when they accept what they believe to be a nightmare as reality, and they decide to fight with the nightmare.