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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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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.
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. The Big Reveal(TM) here is an interesting take on a couple of stock plot twists, but I don't think I've ever seen them combined in quite this way before (though I can identify three or four things that might have been direct influences). That's ultimately not enough to balance the weight of the movie's derivative nature, but as long as you're willing to put that to the side, it's a well-acted, well-presented little movie, and you won't feel you've wasted two hours after watching it. ***
They then visit his psychiatrist and she uses patient confidentiality to not help. It soon becomes clear that some of her other patients have a few hidden agendas too. There is also the fact that the cop who investigated the original crimes was emotionally entwined with Detective Mi Yun and he committed suicide as a direct result of the case. The only real advice or help that our Korean Mr Lecter can offer is `be careful not to turn into the monster that I am'.
This is a slick stylish and well made film that has more twists than a sack full of eels and more physiological goings on then is normally healthy. The plot is also well paced in that you don't really get it until it is being revealed to you and that is how it should be or it wouldn't be much of a thriller really would it? It is also fairly action packed the sort where if you look away you will miss something.
This is the only film I have found accredited to writer and director Jong Hyuk-Lee and I think it is superb, I actually wanted to give it five stars but there are a couple of tiny plot holes and some of the acting is a bit overly petulant. If cops behaved like that they would lose their badge, but hey this is a film made for entertainment and a very good one at that. At 101 minutes long it just flew by and I was kept guessing right up to the end. It is a bit gory in places so not one to watch with a TV dinner. But for fans of thrillers and moreover world cinema, this offering from Korea is a little cracker (not unlike the prawn variety - my puns are definitely getting worse).
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