Korean title SALINUI CHUEOK [Serial Killer]
starring: Song Kang-Ho · Kim Sang-Kyung · Byun Hee-Bong · Kim Roe-Ha ·
compared to David Fincher's Zodiac, this Korean thriller has been
called "One of the best movies ever made. Period" [critic Tony
Zhou] and is on Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 All Time Best list.
It's based on the true story of South Korea's first serial killer, an
unsolved case known as the Gyunggi Sex Slayer. The movie became that country's
top grossing movie of 2003.
1986, the body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered in
the rural Gyunggi Providence. Two months later, there are more rapes/murders
under similar circumstances. In a country that has never known such crime,
dark whispers of a serial killer begin to grow. A special task force is
established consisting of two local detectives Park Doo-Man (Song Kang-Ho)
and Jo Young-Goo (Kim Nae-Ha). They are essentially ill-prepared for the
job, trying to solve the case with archaic techniques and limited capabilities.
A meticulous detective from Seoul, Seo Tae-Yoon (played by Kim Sang-Gyung),
is recruited to help in the case. The differences in investigative techniques
soon cause a clash among the members of the team. But it seems the entire
effort is doomed from the start as some things are unknowable. Insolvable.
the aforementioned Zodiac, this movie is a lesson in futility.
The narrative is more concerned with the characters as they come to grips
with their own shortcomings, how they accept the inevitable frustration
of failure and how they deal with their own crisis of morality caused
by that personal challenge. This movie is NOT the
Bong Jun-Ho started as a scriptwriter in the '90s, penning the erotic
CACTUS and the actioner PHANTOM
THE SUBMARINE before striking out on his own with this movie.
He followed MEMORIES OF MURDER with the enormously
popular monster flick THE
HOST and then the quirky horror/thriller MOTHER.
His lead actor here, Song Kang-Ho, stars in most every one of his films,
but Song is also known for SIRI,
FOR MR VENGEANCE and THE
GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD.
Korean film with optional English subtitles;
widescreen uncut version (131 min.)
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include original theatrical trailer.
Recommended for Mature Audiences