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Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something) (1999)



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This film opens with a young man arriving at an apartment and ending up on a concrete slab getting slowly dismembered with a scalpel by an unseen killer. That unfortunate soul, along with a number of other hapless victims, turns up in a bunch of plastic garbage bags littered around Seoul during Korea's steamy, rainy season. Burnt-out cop Jo (Han Suk-Kyu) is assigned to head up the investigation. The killer, who puts the limbs of a body with the corpse of another, clearly must have a basic grasp of surgery, Jo and his colleague Oh (Jang Hang-seon) quickly surmise. Their inquiry soon leads them to Chae Su-yeon (Korean idol Shim Eun-ha), a beautiful museum restorer who knew three of the victims. At first, she is wary and unresponsive. The cops' attention is briefly turned toward Kim Ki-yeon (Yu Jun-sang), an obsessive suitor of Chae who had not been seen for several days, that is, until a video tape surfaces of the missing man getting his legs lopped off. Later, as Chae begins to divulge the dark secrets of her past -- sexual abuse and the fiery death of a friend -- the body count grows and the murders become more gruesome. Director Chang Yoon-hyun's profoundly creepy "hardgore" thriller was a major box-office success in its native South Korea, matching that of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace (1999).

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Han Suk-gyu
as Det. Cho
Eun-ha Shim
as Su-Yeon Chae
Jung-ah Yum
as Sung-min
Ju-sang Yun
as Kim Ki-yeon
Yu Jun-sang
as Kim Ki-yeon
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Critic Reviews for Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

A complicated and stylish Korean thriller that will make viewers' skin crawl.

November 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For all its style and assurance, Tell Me Something is not ultimately original enough to sustain its many horrific images, however brief they may be.

November 9, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Mainly demonstrates that Asian filmmakers are just as adept as Americans at producing genre exercises.

October 3, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Stylish, sullen, and a little predictable, Tell Me Something is the match of any American film in its quasi-genre.

September 24, 2001 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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So bedeviled by plot holes and violations of common sense that by the time you get to the climax, you've ceased to buy the whole story line.

September 14, 2001 | Rating: 2/4
New York Post
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Though it comes from halfway across the world, the movie, directed by Chang Youn-hyun, shows a desultory mastery of Hollywood clichés.

September 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Telmisseomding (Tell Me Something)


Grisly Korean serial killer thriller. It's a little bit overlong, has a few plot holes and the twist ending isn't quite as surprising as it tried to be. Still a solid effort, it was certainly twisted and gruesome enough for me. If you enjoy disturbing thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en then give this a look.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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This film heavily relies on shockability, blood and gore, without it the investigations would not have been as interesting and this film would not be popular, having said that, the blood and gore were at least something 'new' and is definitely not for the squeemish.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


An all round good attempt at a serial killer thriller. It just can't stand up against the heavyweights in the category and results in a a bit of a mess. There's too much dialogue being spoken and not a lot of it relates to the actual murders. The film then becomes more and more complex and feels as though it is trying to confuse its audience in an attempt to seem like something more. While watching it becomes such a chore piecing it all together your brain starts to hurt. It has moments of style and moments of suspense but with 5 different writers the pacing and overall story is a jumble.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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