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An intelligent Thriller
A serial killer named Shin-Hyun gives himself up to police. He is imprisoned, awaiting the death sentence for his crimes. Yet the killings do not stop. They continue with all the same characteristics trademarks of the Shin-Hyun serial killings. Detective Mi Yun, and her newly appointed partner, Detective Kang, are assigned to the case. Mi Yun and Kang have difficulty working with each other. Detective Kang follows a new suspect, Huh, and eventually catches him in the act of brutally murdering a woman in a crowded techno bar. Huh is taken into custody after Kang shoots and wounds him at the scene of the crime. Yet the murders continue in copy-cat style. The police desperately hunt for new leads. They start an in-depth investigation of a Doctor Chu, who is Shin-Hyun's psychiatrist. But progress is frustrated when Dr Chu becomes a victim of the copy-cat killings herself. The murdered psychiatrist's former boyfriend quickly becomes the prime suspect, a fanatical character named Choi.
A pair of emotionally damaged police detectives (Jung-ah Yum and Jin-hee Ji) investigate a series of gruesome killings that emulate the murders of a serial killer (Seung-woo Cho) who was imprisoned ten months earlier. They suspect that he has an accomplice on the outside. In a sense, they are correct. The truth provides a nice twist that would have had more impact if it had not been imbedded in a plot that has so many lapses in logic. Unprofessional behavior makes it difficult to take these cops seriously. They seem to make some pretty big intuitive leaps and there are plot elements that don't connect very well to the main story, although both of these could be the fault of poor subtitling. The final moments of the film are intended to shock, but they require one character to behave in a way that contradicts what we have seen of her before, so it comes off as cheap exploitation.
One of those great Asian genre movies from early this century. Title leaves you in the dark ... until the the last 10, 15 minutes!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So fucking good. H stands for HOW TO MAKE A SUSPENSEFUL MOVIE. Take note.
A Korean serial killer film that has more in common with an ITV 2 part drama than something more cinematic; the film suffers from over-acting, a general lack of atmosphere and the films famous serial killer lacks any sense of presence and as for the rest of the cast, they are wafer thin in development and no-one is strong enough to be likely; the plot panders out at a meandering pace and ultimately ties together with a twist that is too obvious. The film looks flat and falls flat; it's dull for the most part and at it's best it's vaguely interesting; certainly not the worst film I've seen, but for all the great work that comes out of Korean cinema, H is a massive letdown.
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