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Director:
Writers:
Joon-ho Bong (writer)
Kwang-rim Kim (writer)
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Release Date:
2 May 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
14 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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nothing prepares me for this masterpiece See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Detective Park Doo-Man
Sang-kyung Kim ... Detective Seo Tae-Yoon
Roe-ha Kim ... Detective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho Song ... Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hie-bong Byeon ... Sergeant Koo Hee-bong
Seo-hie Ko ... Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
No-shik Park ... Baek, Kwang-ho
Hae-il Park ... Park, Hyeon-gyu
Jong-ryol Choi ... Du-man's father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seon Jeon ... Kwok Seol-yung
In-seon Jeong
Ha-kyeong Kim
Jae-eung Lee
Young-hwa Seo
Ji-ru Sung

Directed by
Joon-ho Bong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joon-ho Bong  writer
Kwang-rim Kim  writer
Sung-bo Shim  writer

Produced by
Seoung-Jae Cha .... producer
Jae-Won Choi .... co-executive producer
Moo Ryung Kim .... producer
Kang-bok Lee .... executive producer
Jong-yun No .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
 
Cinematography by
Hyung-ku Kim 
 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Byung-Ha Lee .... sound
Seung-yeop Lee .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Other crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Eung Jun Lee .... martial arts choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salinui chueok" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
Canada:129 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Germany:127 min (Filmfest Hamburg) | South Korea:130 min | USA:132 min | Argentina:128 min
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Despite the film being based on a series of real murders in the Korean provincial town of Hwaeseong during the 1980s, Joon-ho Bong also drew a lot inspiration from a play called 'Come See Me' which dramatized the incidents, to the extent that he stated in an interview: "If it weren't for KIM Gwang-rim's play [Come See Me], I would have had a lot of problems establishing the structure." While he also gained the idea for the depiction of the era from the graphic novel 'From Hell' by the writer Alan Moore, which was given to Bong by the journalist Tony Rayns as a gift.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Detective Seo Tae-Yoon's gun is tossed away from his hands by Park Hyeon-gyu, the gun is seen landing to the left of the train tracks from the camera's point of view. Moments later, when the detective returns to pick it up, the gun is seen lying on the train tracks itself.See more »
Quotes:
Man in Morgue:There's something in the vagina... Looks like a peach... Nine pieces.
Detective Park Doo-Man:Do you see this kind of thing in Seoul often?
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Movie Connections:
References Body Heat (1981)See more »

FAQ

Can someone please explain the ending of this movie?
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150 out of 172 people found the following review useful.
nothing prepares me for this masterpiece, 10 February 2004
Author: edoy from Jakarta, Indonesia

I read a review about this movie and am aware what business it made in Korea, but nothing (I mean NOTHING) prepares me for this great work. With the exception of, perhaps, SE7EN, serial-killer movie has never been this good. The story (about real-life killings of 10 women in Korea during the 1986-1991) is compelling enough, but the actors (Song Kang-ho cuts you deep even when he's silent, and his big-city partner offers emotional jolts at the end), the director (effectively plays some scenes in docu-style approach), the cinematography (a shadow creeps out in the paddy field will give you, well, creeps. big one.), and the music (haunting) are welcome bonuses.

One scene that impresses me most is the crime-scene midnight chase between a suspect, 2 local detectives, and a big-city detective (who doesn't know his local partners are there watching him). Humorously intense, or intensely humorous, whichever serves you well.

The only regret is I saw this one on DVD, while I believe a movie this big (in many senses) deserves to be seen in theaters. Korean movies rarely touch Indonesian theaters.

**** out of ****

Try to listen the song SAD LETTER in this movie and tell me it's not haunting you. A magnum opus.

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