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A year after Shin Hynn (Seung-woo Cho), a brilliant psychopath, turned himself in for murdering six young girls, a copycat has begun to replay the surreal nightmare. With Shin providing cryptic riddles instead of answers as he sits on death row, Detective Kim (Jung-ah Yum; A Tale of Two Sisters), still grieving the loss of her partner who committed suicide over the original crimes, and her brash young partner, Kang (Jin-hee Ji), must find the killer before he completes his demented masterpiece.

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  • Actors: Jung-ah Yum, Jin-her Ji, Ji-ru Sung, Seung-woo Cho, Woong-ki Min
  • Directors: Jong-hyuk Lee
  • Writers: Jong-hyuk Lee
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Tartan Asia Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Z9RCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
H (Jong-hyuk Lee, 2002)

Se7en Meets Silence of the Lambs! crows the cover art, obviously written for an American audience, that adorns this movie at Netflix. I read a review on IMDB from a person who mentions that overseas box art compares the film to Tellmisseomding. All of these comparisons have teeth, but as this movie progressed, I found myself thinking more and more of Kyua, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's immensely entertaining supernatural take on ...Lambs. H is not as good a movie as any of the above, but its problems are relatively minor and if you're looking for a fun locked-room murder mystery, this will fill the bill nicely.

Shin-hyun (Marathon's Seung-woo Cho), a serial killer, turns himself in and is locked up. Everything seems great...until a year later, when two recent crimes are uncovered that bear the marks of being Shin-hyun's work. The only problem is that he was in prison when they occurred. So the two detectives who were originally assigned to the case, Mi-yun Kim (Tellmisseomding's Jung-ah Yum) and Tae-hyun Kang (Perhaps Love's Jin-hee Ji in her first screen appearance), hit the bricks to see if they can figure out whether they've got a copycat on their hands, or whether Shin-hyun is masterminding what could be an entire network of serial killers from behind bars. Or whether the answer is something even weirder...

It's quite a slick little film that wears its influences on its sleeve maybe a little too much; it tries to make up for this by coming up with a bang-up plot twist, and for what it's worth, they did a good job at it.
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By Carl Manes on October 26, 2010
H is one of the strongest thrillers to come out of Korea since Park Chan Wook's VENGEANCE trilogy. While it has taken obvious ques from key American influences such as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, it is not just another cheap imitation. The film follows detectives Kang and Kim as they track down a copycat killer that has been murdering women using the same patterns as a man that they have already imprisoned. With the next murder only days away, they must confide in the sadistic Shin Hyun in order to find out the identity of the new killer before it is too late. Director Jong-hyuk Lee combines a smart script with a clean shooting style to produce a fast-paced and suspenseful crime drama that is built on a pair of excellent performances by Jin-hee Ji and Jung-ah Yum as the two cunning detectives. Their performances are equaled by the calm and calculating Shin Hyun, played by a convincing Seung-woo Cho. Lee takes extra care in establishing his characters and constructing the mystery behind the murders, but none of the clues that are dropped throughout the film give any indication of the killer's true identity. This makes the reveal in the end feel both convenient and contrived. Outside of this unfortunate misstep, H is a top-rate psychological thriller with a winning cast and many bloody murders.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Do not listen to the bad review because they are wrong. This is just like the cover ad says "It's Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs." I think the graphic violence in this films reaches the level of seven so if you did not like seven because of its graphic nature then skip this film. But if you have the stomach to see it then this is the thriller of the year and you should see it.
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H is one great Korean action thriller. It was a movie about a team of Korean police investigators trying to catch a murderer committing a serial murder. A team of crime investigators headed by Kim Mi-yun is summoned to a garbage dump, where a disgustingly mutilated body of a high school girl is discovered, along with a fetus removed from her body and deposited in a brown bag. Another pregnant woman is strangled to death in a bus, her belly cut open, spilling out a still-moving unborn child. They find that the modus operandi of these gruesome murders is an exact replica of the ones perpetrated in the past by the psychotic Shin Hyun,now a condemned inmate. The police naturally conclude that a copycat is carrying out these new murders. Detectives Kim and Kang, however, are convinced that Shin Hyun is somehow committing the murders without ever leaving his jail.

The never failed to deliver. The acting was excellent led by Yeom Jeong- Ah and Chi Jin-hee as Detectives Kim and Kang respectively. While the psychotic Shin Hyun,played excellently by Jo Seung-woo,is a lot better as compared to Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter. Watch it for this character alone.

The movie was very interesting from beginning to end. This is a great action movie. It only shows that Korean cinema is not only great in making romantic films but action thrillers as well.This is a classic action film but it remains to be an underrated film. Highly recommended for everyone who loves action films.
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Two young women are found brutally murdered, one in a landfill, the other on a bus. Both were pregnant, with one infant still wriggling inside his dead mother's stomach.

The homicide department's cops are called in, led by Detective Kim Mi Yun, who has a new partner, Kang Tae Hyun. Kang's a bit of a hothead, he's always late to the scene of the crime, and he seems a bit cocky at times. So he's a bit difficult to like. And he's especially impatient, wanting action now as opposed to waiting.

In contrast, Kim is an icy, unsmiling person, but at the same time, more logical. When Kang is frustrated that they are getting nowhere, she merely tells them she is going around, looking at the case from a different angle. When he tells her she is mean, she retorts that yes, she is mean, but at least not as emotional as he is.

There is a reason for Kim's harshness. The killings fit the same pattern as that of Shin Hyun, a psychopath who murdered six women in ten months before turning himself in. Shin Hyun's crimes was so traumatic to Kim's partner Han Jung-woo, he ended up killing himself. The agony was double due to the fact that Han and Kim were engaged.

So the question is, is this a copycat killing, or has Shin Hyun hired someone to duplicate his crimes? A meeting with Shin Hyun's psychologist, Dr. Chu Kyung-Sook is a dead end. She's more level-headed but aloof, refusing to cooperate due to patient confidentiality. It's a matter of professional conduct, but she flatly tells Kim and Kang, "My patient is more important to me than a victim I don't know." And when the pair later tail her, she merely gives them a superior smile, definitely not one to let them get her goat.
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