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A Record of Sweet Murderer (2014)

Aru yasashiki satsujinsha no kiroku (original title)
A South Korean journalist and a Japanese cameraman in South Korea are invited to an abandoned apartment one day. They are invited by a murderer and they know it. While there they stumble ... See full summary »

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Kôji Shiraishi

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Kôji Shiraishi (screenplay)
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Je-wook Yeon Je-wook Yeon ... Sangjoon
Kkobbi Kim ... Soyeon, Reportar
Tsukasa Aoi Tsukasa Aoi ... Tsukasa
Ryôtarô Yonemura Ryôtarô Yonemura ... Ryota
Kôji Shiraishi Kôji Shiraishi ... Tashiro, Cameraman
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A South Korean journalist and a Japanese cameraman in South Korea are invited to an abandoned apartment one day. They are invited by a murderer and they know it. While there they stumble upon a video featuring the murderer. The police believe the wanted criminal has committed eighteen murders, but the criminal claims he has already killed 25. He furthermore claims that if he completes the killing of all 27 on his list not only his dead friend will be resurrected, but also all 27 will come back to life. A divine voice had told the murderer it would be so. Written by aghaemi

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Solid Japanese/South Korean found-footage effort

Journeying together with her cameraman, a Korean reporter finds herself tasked with following a former childhood friend who's now a ravenous serial killer leaving a trail of bodies behind him in his quest to conduct a specific ritual in order to bring back a childhood friend of theirs.

This one was quite an enjoyable effort. One of the better features here is the fact that there's a strong storyline at play here which brings a lot to the table. The familiarity they have with each other from their past gives them a rather strong and unique connection for her to be sought out for his rampage and has a big starting point to the point of his rampage. His intent with the rampage, to kill a select number of individuals in order to carry out a special prophecy told to him in an asylum, is told rather well and is quite original in the realm of following lunatics on a seemingly divine message. That plays a large part of what makes the middle of the film so intriguing. Knowing that he's intent on finishing his quest, the fact that his manic outbursts and psychotic ramblings about the need to follow the seemingly random clues he sees in the magazine article provide a grounding for that story that gets utilized here. When the clues in the story start to emerge and he forces them into more dangerous situations, the story becomes somewhat more intriguing and uncomfortable with what he puts them through later on. That the tables are further turned in the encounter when the final piece of the puzzle is revealed offers up a solid finale that makes this one get wilder in the finale offering up plenty of stellar gore and a crazy finish that's patently unpredictable. These here manage to hold this one up considerably over the few flaws as there are a few issues to be had with the film. The main problem is the seemingly random bit in the final half where the new couple involved in the events are way too eager to have the killer seemingly think they're under his control but instead turn the tables on him. While it's indeed a stellar surprise to have the couple become their true selves with their perverted nature egging him on to rape the girl for his delight, it's another thing entirely to have them all sit around listening to the entire story about his rampage and the intent behind it without voicing any objections about it and just going along with it. That's entirely unrealistic, especially after all the damage he had inflicted upon them earlier in the day which is rather tough to believe. Along with some goofy banter that makes this one somewhat difficult to follow at times, there's not much else really wrong here.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity, a sex scene and a rape scene.


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Japan | South Korea

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Release Date:

6 September 2014 (Japan) See more »

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A Record of Sweet Murder See more »

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Nikkatsu, Zoa Films See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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1.78 : 1
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