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Published September 16th 2015
What is justice?
A savage serial killer repents his cruel deeds. He confesses to every macabre act. He does so after the statute of limitations runs out on his most recent victim. The murderer is untouchable and asking for forgiveness. What would you do?

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Confession of murder


LEE Du-Seok killed over 10 women. He indiscriminately killed women of all ages; mothers, daughters, girls. In Lee's tell all book, he gives readers the chance to know all about the grisly details. The media eats it up, the book is an overnight bestseller and Lee becomes a superstar.

Scarred Detective Choi's blood boils at the sight of Lee. Detective Choi was the lead detective on the case, with his fiancee the last victim. Naturally the hot-headed Choi can't contain himself at the prospect of Lee seeking forgiveness. 15 years ago the killer barely escaped and Choi is still wearing that day's battle scars.

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The stunning opening scene rightly sets up the mood. Don't take anything for granted. It's not a simple police procedural. It further heats up when the victims' families take matters into their own hands. They're suffered in silence and now the opportunity for their own justice presents itself. There's more than one moral dilemma at play.

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It delves into celebrity obsession at a whole new level. Although Detective Choi makes some sexist comments at women charmed by Lee, it really is meant to be directed at the media as a whole. This could have been handled better. However the underlying point about how wrong it is to glamourise murderers is salient. I suspect this is inspired by the very real murderer fan clubs. One was infamously formed by Japanese killer Tetsuya Ichihashi who raped and murdered Lindsay Hawker in 2007.

The story is handled well with complexities gradually revealed. Details in the first half of the film are expanded upon and become pivotal later on. The look and feel of it makes you think of really well handled American thriller. It deserves a good remake if the story ever goes to Hollywood.
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Why? What is justice when a serial killer confesses and is awarded with fame?
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Seems to be a common theme with murderers wanting to be caught for fame purposes.
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1118 days ago
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