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A serial killer named Shin-Hyun gives himself up to police. He confesses to committing a series of particularly horrifying murders of exclusively female victims. 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. The case is re-opened when two more bodies are discovered, both pregnant women. One is found in the city's landfill site, and the other is horrifically murdered on a public bus. Detective Mi Yun (played by Yum Jung-Ah), and her newly appointed partner, Detective Kang (played by Ji Jin-Hee), are assigned to the case. Mi Yun and Kang have difficulty working with each other, as their personalities and working methods are constantly in conflict. Detective Kang goes about his new job buoyantly and enthusiastically. He 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... Written by
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"H" (2002) is a Korean neo-noir listed as such by critic John Grant. I try to catch movies on his gigantic list when I can, although not as a steady diet. This one has the makings of a good story. There are two main detectives, Jin-hee Ji and Jung-ah Yum. Ji is a handsome and charismatic guy who lights up the screen. His character is expressive and emotional. Yum is a beauty in her own way who plays a much more serious, impassive, controlled character who likes to contemplate while smoking. Under Jong-hyeok Lee's direction, she is most often shown staring in the direction of the camera, almost in closeup. There is a serial killer in jail, awaiting execution, the slick Seung-woo Cho. But the movie teaches that childhood formative experiences are critical. Serial killings that mimic the 6 committed by Cho are occurring and challenging these detectives and their supporting members who add color to the film.
The negative in all this is a slow and deliberate screenplay that alternates scenes that have some action with others that attempt to be more philosophical. The attempt to create something profound here really falters. The derivative character of the story is not what's fatal. But the lack of spark and variety is. Blood and chases simply do not work unless they're woven into a gripping story and we're missing that.
I think that the IMDb rating of 6.0 is about right or somewhat generous. It indicates an average movie overall. With a better script and more Hitchcock-like treatment, this could have been a real winner. But how many writer-directors can match Hitchcock?
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