CONFESSION OF MURDER
Directed by Jeong Byeong-Gil
Thriller Award, 2013 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
Best Screenplay, 2013 PaekSang Arts Awards
Director Jeong Byeong-Gil’s last film Action Boys combined an SVU-like plot with Korean melodrama. His latest, CONFESSION OF MURDER, ups the ante, this time following the efforts of Police Lieutenant Choi (Jung Jae-Young) and his struggle to find the killer who left a scar on his face, and his body of work.
It begins, as these things often do, with a chase that leaves blood stains but no suspects. Years and drinks go by and Liuetenant Choi’s case turns cold. On the last legs of the case’s statute of limitations, Choi gets his lead through improbable means. The handsome Lee Doo-Seok (heartthrob Park Si-Hoo) releases a book chronicling how he committed the murder. Korean TV eats the story up and pits cop against killer on the air for the entire country to see and swoon over. Harboring some doubts, Lieutenant Choi continues his own search for the real killer.
Jeong piles on the action and the revenge, as well as developments that could only be described as surreal. Action-crime dramas are known to keep audiences guessing, but in Jeong’s hands, the twists are especially dizzying. –Erwin Mendoza
Co-presented by: Kosca UCSD & KAC-SD
Starring: Jung Jae-Young, Park Si-oo, Kim Youn-Ae