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Private Eye (2009)
"Geu-rim-ja sal-in" (original title)

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The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of ... See full summary »

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Hong, Jin-ho
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Soon-duk
Dal-su Oh ...
Yeong-dal
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Boy with special issue of newspaper
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Ji-in Jang ...
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Jin-seon Jeong ...
Girl with special issue of newspaper
Chang-hyeon Jo ...
Kyeong-wu
Jo-han ...
Herb doctor
Hyang-gi Kim
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The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of being accused, he decides to hire Hong Jin-ho (a detective) to help him find the murderer before the police accuse him of the murder. Written by Carl Eric Codere

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L'oeil du privé  »

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The film borrows a plot device from Rear Window. One of the characters in the film blinds his antagonist with a camera flash. See more »

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Hong uses a flash bulb with the camera attached to his periscope. If flash light indeed existed at that time, flash bulbs were invented much later than 1910. See more »

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Terrific Blend of Fun, Drama, Action; Loved It!
19 June 2012 | by (boston mass. usa) – See all my reviews

If this really is the first film of this director, he should be in the running for a First Film prize. The other reviews give you a good grounding of the plot and main characters. I loved so many things about the film-the general fun and tone of the film, the Mifune-like detective with great instincts, his somewhat goofy assistant/doctor who was none-the-less effective in many ways,the brilliant woman's help in solving the case,and the highlighting of women's issues and good morals. The pace,action, costumes and settings were all well done and i was engaged from beginning to end. I WANT sequels! * One caveat- they kept changing the look of the detective such that i was rather confused about whether new characters were being introduced in a number of early scenes.But no, it was the same guy.


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