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Confession of Murder review – Fantasia 2013 [Recommended]

confessionofmurderConfession of Murder / 내가 살인범이다 / Naega Salinbeomida (2012)
Director: Jung Byung-gil ; Screenplay: Jung Byung-gil
Cast: Jung Jae-young, Park Si-hoo, Choi Won-young, Kim Young-ae

I was initially not planning to see this film due to the premise. My impression was this being more of a drama than an action/crime movie. I’m glad I did see it because it was easily the most entertaining film I’ve seen so far from start to finish with some holy shit moments. It immediately begins with a riveting chase sequence before the movie title is revealed and it then proceeds with even more ludicrous action set pieces. However, the story is quite strong and between the actions sequences there are some interesting observations about South Korean media and celebrity. The main plot centers around Detective Choi who failed to capture a serial killer and was not able to solve the case within the 15 year statute of limitation. Oddly enough just as this expiration passes, a handsome man named Lee Du-Soek claims to be the serial killer releases a book detailing the murders as a way to repent for his crimes. The book is a success but questions arise when another anonymous man claims to be the real serial killer. Then there’s the surviving family members of the victims who want their revenge as well.

I don’t really have a lot to say about the movie but it gets a high recommendation from me. The action scenes do become absurd at times but generally manage to hold some level of realism. In any case, it’s the more absurd parts which are the most jaw-dropping and fun to watch. There are some obvious CG sequences that blemish some of the sequences (particularly anything with snakes although the version of the film screened apparently does not feature the finalized CG, there was a random note before the movie started that stated this) but otherwise are not too distracting. The story offers enough twists and revelations that actually make sense and really elevate the movie as a whole than just another crime action thriller. This was way more than a pleasant surprise for me.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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