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Private Eye (2009)





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A string of serial murders rock Seoul, Korea, forcing a medical physician and an aspiring detective to undertake their own amateur investigation, in this offbeat period mystery-thriller. The year is 1910, the place, the heart of the Joseon Dynasty. Hong Jin-Ho (Hwang Jeong-min) longs to establish himself as a private detective - and sees a move to America as his ticket out of Korea. Meanwhile, a local medical intern, Kwang-soo (Ryoo Deok-hwan), discovers a corpse in the woods and steals it to practice routine dissection - but it so happens that the body in question belongs to the son of the most powerful figure in Seoul. For this reason, Kwang-soo's possession of the body soon puts him at risk for being tagged as the murderer. Kwang-soo contemplates stealing away in the dead of night, but his path soon criss-crosses with that of Hong, and Kwang-soo asks him to find the murderer. Soon, a second body turns up, murdered in exactly the same way; the gentlemen then team up and use a cloth found in one victim's hand as a clue to track down the killer.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Hwang Jung-min
as Hong Jin-ho
Ryoo Deok-hwan
as Kwang-su
Eom Ji-won
as Soon-deok
Oh Dal-su
as Oh Yeong-dal
Ji-won Uhm
as Soon-deok
Yoon Jae-Moon
as Eok-kwan
Kim Eung-soo
as Yoshioka
Joo Da-yeong
as Ok-eeh
Song Jae-ho
as Min Chi-seong
Eom Hyo-Seob
as Official Murata
Tae-won Kwon
as Police bureau director
Oh Tae-gyeong
as Min Su-hyeon
Yoo Seung-mok
as Weh-pal-eeh
Kim Gi-cheon
as Dal-soo
Jeong Gyoo-soo
as Chief editor
Yeong-jin Jo
as Emperor
Son Byeong-Wook
as Youngest Son
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I quite enjoyed this movie even if I found it had some flaws. I think the story was still needlessly convoluted. I still think the story is told in an effective manner. I think there's a good a mystery that was brewing throughout the flick. I think a lot of the air in the mystery once it nears the end, or rather as the movie becomes more convoluted, so that definitely was a detriment. But it's still an intriguing noir murder mystery. The cast is really good, I've only seen Hwan Jeong-Min in two movies now and I think he's a great actor and does a fine job in this film. Personally I don't think this is a role that requires more from him but he still does a great job in this film and he has good chemistry Ryoo Deok-hwan. The movie is beautifully shot, I can imagine this film would've looked even better on an HD-tv. It manages to, visually. capture a retro feel, granted a lot of this is also costume design and the location, but the film looked as if it really were 1910, so props to that. The movie also has its comedic moments which is always welcome as long as it's worked naturally into the plot. One thing the movie does well is, even with its flaws, it's a story we've all seen before told in an unique manner. There's an offbeat charm about the film that is also a benefit. So even with its story being convoluted and sometimes hard to follow, this is an encouraging debut film from Park Dae-min and I look forward to seeing more of his work. If that includes a sequel to this film, which it was set up by the end of the film, then I'd have no problem because I think the setting, the characters, and just the offbeat charm can make this an entertaining franchise...if they choose to go that route of course, if not then I'm happy just keeping up with Park Dae-min's work from now on.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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Why the bad ratings Flixster??? One of the better Korean films of 2009 so far! This is one a great period film with some action and adventure much in the same vein as "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" for Korean cinema. A movie about Joseon's first detective depicts some of the challenges facing citizens when the police are as corrupt as the politicians. Who do they turn to but the charismatic Jin-ho. The main characters were all great and well acted, with plenty of action and a storyline that doesn't really lag at any point luckily. It is a period film so we do get to see old Joseon and the world is well created, drawing us in. Not a bad movie at all, hopefully this review will convince people to at least give it a chance!

Zachary Long
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