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Based on a true story and a legendary Korean novel, this movie follows Detective Oh (superstar Lee Jung Jae) and his investigation into the mysterious murder of a North Korean. His investigation leads him to a diary, which was written by a nun who - along with her boyfriend - helped lead the escape of North Korean POWs held captive during the Korean War. Detective Oh eventually becomes emotionally involved with the case and pursues the writer of the diary and her long-lost boyfriend, hoping to crack the case and learn more about the story of the POWs. Written by
Well crafted, stunningly filmed and finally very emotional movie.
Korea's "Last Witness" is a very well done Thriller / Drama with a young cop investigating a murder. The background of the crime goes way back to 1952 when 150 000 North Korean POWs were imprisoned on Geoje Island. I don't want to reveal more because the rather complex and interesting story reveals layer after layer in a well done fashion.
However, the story wasn't the component that struck me the most about "Last Witness". Also, it wasn't the performances - which were good but nothing too special. No, it was the camera work and the emotion of the film. The images in the movie are exceptional. Some moody, some dark, some humid, some strange, some nostalgic, some bloody. There's an amazing set of imagery.
And there's the emotion. There are many scenes where the director tries to force emotion by applying a lot of pathos to a scene (mainly by slow motion). That doesn't really work. But at the end, I was in tears, because of what happened with the two main supporting characters Hwang-seok and Ji-hye. It's really touching. All you learn before finally pays off.
In the end, I like to be generous and rate it not 7 (to which it is rather close), but
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